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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS TODAY

Old Dominion University's Women's Center is sponsoring a series of workshops and activities as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Oct. 15-20.

Among the hallmarks of the nationally celebrated week is the White Ribbon Campaign, where men show their support for ending violence against women by wearing a white ribbon. Ribbons are available on campus at the Office of Counseling Services, the Women's Center and at information tables in Webb University Center.

Students also can create a quilt panel in honor of sexual assault survivors; materials are available at the Women's Center. Information tables with literature about sexual assault and support groups will be set up daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the South Mall of Webb Center and in the lobby of each residence hall. Events for the week include:

Monday, Oct. 15
¨ Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention information session, noon to 1 p.m., Cape Charles Room, Webb Center.
¨ Candlelight Vigil, 7-8 p.m., Kaufman Mall in front of Webb Center. The sixth annual vigil will demonstrate men's support for ending violence against women.
¨ Viewing and discussion of the acclaimed Jackson Katz video "Tough Guise," 8-9 p.m. Office of Counseling Services, Webb Center.


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Tuesday, Oct. 16
¨ "Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: Prevention Strategies," 12:30-1:30 p.m., James River Room, Webb Center. The session will focus on a discussion of drug-facilitated rape and safety tips for college students.
¨ "Internet Safety: College Students and the World Wide Web," 7:30-8:30 p.m., James River Room, Webb Center, focusing on danger zones and safety tips.

Wednesday, Oct. 17
¨ "Homophobia and How It Supports a Rape Culture," noon to 1 p.m., Chesapeake Room, Webb Center. The session will focus on the portrayal of homosexuality linked with sexual violence.
¨ Student Activities Council Movie Night: "The Color Purple," 8-10 p.m., 102 Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building. This classic movie portrays domestic violence and the oppression of a Southern African American family. (Repeated Friday, Oct. 19.)

Thursday, Oct. 18
¨ "Strength to Resist," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center. How do media messages affect the lives of females and promote violence against women?

Friday, Oct. 19
¨ "Celebration of Hope," noon to 1 p.m., Chesapeake Room, Webb Center. Celebrating the gift of recovery and out cooperative efforts to stop violence
¨ Student Activities Council Movie Night; "The Color Purple," 8-10 p.m., 102 Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building. (See Wednesday, Oct. 17.)

Saturday, Oct. 20
¨ Self-Defense for Women, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Canterbury Center. This class will teach self-awareness, education and self-defense tactics in a sensitive, respectful manner. A $5 fee and preregistration is required in the Women's Center by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. The fee includes an instructive manual and lunch.

For more information call the Old Dominion Women's Center at 683-4119.

This article was posted on: October 15, 2001

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