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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Four events planned throughout October to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Women's Center Press Release, 10-15-2013

Mankato, Minn. -- The Violence Awareness & Response Program (VARP) at Minnesota State University, Mankato is planning for several events in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. These events are meant to raise awareness of domestic and intimate partner violence, commemorate those who have been murdered by intimate partners or in cases of domestic violence, and to call for an end to these forms of violence.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
House Party at 639 South 4th Street, Mankato

  • This event is a mock house party where students take a tour of an off-campus house and explore a "house party" from a sober perspective. Student volunteers act out scenarios that students encounter at real house parties. Students will learn about how they can better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink.

Monday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
T-shirt designing for the Clothesline Project in the Women’s Center, CSU 218

  • The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women through the decoration of t-shirts. This campaign works to de-stabilize the widespread myth that violence is a private matter and provides an artistic avenue through which women and men can break the silence. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others in the community as testimony, a literal “airing of the dirty laundry” of the problem of violence against women. Students, community members and faculty & staff members are all welcome to decorate a shirt commemorating their own experiences or a loved one’s.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Screening and discussion of the film, “Sin By Silence,” in Ostrander Auditorium

The California Institution for Women, the first inmate-initiated and led group in U.S. prison history, shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence. Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) was created in 1989 to help women inside prison break the silence about abuse and learn more about what they needed to do to help others stop the cycle of violence. Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA led an initiative to help educate the system. Through careful orchestration of letter-writing campaigns, media coverage, and senate hearings, a movement was born and laws for battered women were changed. And for the founder of CWAA, the flicker of hope begins to grow, as her possible freedom, after 26 years in prison, lies moments away.

Friday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Violence-Free Zone Training in CSU 238

This training will address intimate partner violence (IPV) and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. Since the presentation will contain information about IPV, it may prove as a trigger for some attendees. Registration is requested, as space is limited. Those interested in reserving a space may email Laura Schultz at

For more information about this event at Minnesota State University, Mankato, contact Laura Schultz at or 507.389.5127

About the Minnesota State Mankato Violence Awareness and Response Program:

  • The Violence Awareness and Response Program (VARP) provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. VARP’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

About the Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center:

  • The mission of the Women's Center is to foster a healthy, safe, and engaging campus community by enabling the full and active participation of women students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Minnesota State Mankato. The Women's Center provides programs, connections, advocacy, services, and leadership opportunities for all Minnesota State Mankato students.

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