OCTOBER 25, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, email@example.com,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, firstname.lastname@example.org
California State University, Bakersfield will hold a poetry reading, open mic night and candlelight closing ceremony in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Wiley’s Pub in the Student Union.
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.”
Millar said everyone 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 help keep up the awareness of domestic violence throughout the month.
For additional information, please contact Millar at (661) 654-3366.