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Panel to focus on cost of domestic violence
 
  October 13, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,
jloveless@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host a panel discussion on the effects and costs of domestic violence on society, victims and the children involved on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union multi-purpose room. This is the third in a series of month long events in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The activities are sponsored by CSUB President Horace Mitchell, the Campus Violence Prevention Committee and CSUB’s Hip Hop Club, in conjunction with the Kern County Victim Witness Auxiliary and Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. “I’m really excited that our entire campus has gotten involved in these activities,” said Janet Millar, CSUB counselor, chair of the campus violence prevention committee. “It clearly tells us that domestic violence doesn’t happen to someone else. It shows us that we’re all impacted.”

The discussion panel will consist of Nada Yorke, Kern County Probation Department; Jan Sublett, Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault; Dr. Robert J. Wallace, University of Southern California clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Antanette Jones, Kern County Department of Human Services; and Herman Caldas, Bakersfield Police Department detective.

Millar said the public is also invited to participate in The Clothesline Project, which honors the impact of domestic violence. Any person who has been affected by domestic violence is encouraged to participate by designing a T-shirt. Millar said the shirts are various colors depicting different forms of domestic violence. They will ultimately be displayed in the Student Union and “form a rainbow.”

In addition, CSUB will be offering impact awareness flags for those who have been touched by domestic violence, by placing a flag in a designated area on campus. Participants may pick up and design their free shirts and flags anytime throughout October in the Student Union.

Millar said purple ribbons will also be tied around trees on campus to maintain the awareness of domestic violence throughout the month.

A creative-expressions event is scheduled sponsored by the CSUB Hip Hop Club and candlelight ceremony to close the awareness month on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m., in Wiley’s Pub in the Student Union.

For more information, please contact Millar at (661) 654-3366.

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