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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events Scheduled in October

Events are intended to raise awareness of domestic and intimate partner violence and call for an end to domestic violence.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-5-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Violence Awareness & Response Program is holding events throughout October to help raise awareness for domestic and intimate partner violence, commemorate victims of domestic violence and to call for an end to domestic violence.

All events are free and open to the public. Upcoming events include:

Wednesday, Oct. 11: 5:30-7:30 p.m., in Preska 126

“How to Help a Friend” is a resource fair intended to provide an open discussion about campus and community resources for victims/survivors of sexual violence and relationship abuse/power-based personal violence.

Participating organizations include the Counseling Center; Student Health Services; Mankato’s Department of Public Safety; University Security; Title IX & Equal Opportunity; Violence and Awareness Response Program; Committee Against Domestic Abuse; LGBT Center; and Accessibility Resources. Student tables will have interactive activities on bystander intervention, consent and supporting survivors.

Thursday, Oct.12: 5-5:30 p.m., Women’s Center, Centennial Student Union 218

“Clothesline Project T-Shirt Decorating” addresses the issue of violence against women by inviting participants to decorate T-shirts in honor or memory of victims and survivors. These shirts will be hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the reality of violence against women.

Monday, Oct. 16-Friday, Oct. 27

Centennial Student Union Showcases will feature T-shirts created during the “Clothesline Project.”

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5-6 p.m., Centennial Student Union 218

The Violence and Awareness Response Program will hold a “Conversation Circle” on healthy relationships. It is one of four conversation circles held each semester. The event will provide participants an opportunity to have an open, safe discussion about healthy relationships. Each conversation circle concludes with a self-care activity.

Thursday, Oct. 26. 1-2 p.m., fountain area on campus mall

A “Vigil for Victims & Survivors” will be held to honor, commemorate and celebrate victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. The event is intended for the community to come together in opposition to hate, abuse and violence and support the strong, indelible, resilient minds and hearts of victims and survivors.

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month events at Minnesota State University, Mankato, contact Laura Schultz, violence awareness & response coordinator, at or 507-389-5127.

The Violence Awareness and Response Program is part of the Women’s Center at the University. It provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. The Violence Awareness and Response Program’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

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.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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