2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Events Planned at Miami Regionals

Miami Regionals’ Middletown campus will host a number of events in October to raise Domestic Violence Awareness. Admission to all events is free and open to the public. Please note, author Alice Sebold’s event October 17 will be held on the Hamilton campus.

Oct. 1 – 31, The Clothesline Project (CLP).  On display through the month of October across both the Middletown and Hamilton campuses is CLP.  It began in Cape Cod in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women and is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. Please contact Jade Petermon (petermjd@MiamiOH.edu) or Theresa Kulbaga (kulbagta@MiamiOH.edu) if you'd like to participate. 

Oct. 1 – 31, Women Helping Women. The Regionals Diversity Council is partnering with the Center for Civic Education who is hosting a drive for Women Helping Women. They respond to hospital requests 24/7 for sexual assault and domestic violence victims. After such a traumatic experience, Women Helping Women provides kits of fresh, clean clothes (adult sizes) and basic toiletries. Drop off donations at the Center for Civic Education locations on both Hamilton and Middletown campuses. For questions, please contact Crystal Ford at fordcm2@MiamiOH.edu or (513) 727-3339.

Oct. 1 – 31, Put The Nail in It!  Take the #PutTheNailinIt challenge to end domestic violence! The idea behind this initiative is to “paint your ring fingernail purple to show the world your #PutTheNailinIt vow to end domestic violence. A painted nail is an easy and empowering way for anyone – women, men and even children – to start a conversation about domestic violence and end the silence that so often allows it to thrive” (putthenailinit.com). We are using this initiative to demonstrate our support for domestic survivors and those who need a voice. Paint your ring finger purple, snap a pic and email it to Ruth Orth (orthrm@MiamiOH.edu, subject: Purple Nail Campaign) to be posted on Miami’s social media feed.

Oct. 1 – 31, Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Online Videos. Throughout the month of October, the Regionals Diversity Council’s Canvas site will launch a new video each Monday in October at noon.  Topics include a woman’s story of her mother’s domestic violence situation, understanding the cycles of abuse, college women & dating violence, dynamics of domestic violence on a college campus, and the bystander effect. Our Canvas site (MUM/MUH Diversity Comm.) will be open to all with Miami Canvas access, and offer an online discussion with a handful of related questions to begin the discussion (similar to a physical sound-off board). This would be a great opportunity for extra credit or follow-up for a safe classroom discussion.

Oct. 15, Gender-based Violence (GBV): What is it, Resources and How to Help or Heal, 1:15 p.m., Johnston Hall, Room 120. Advocates from Women Helping Women will present about gender-based violence (GBV), which is an umbrella term for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Participants will learn about GBV, resources available to students on campus, and action items on how to help a friend who has experienced GBV. Prevention methods will also be discussed. Presented by Advocates for Women Helping Women.

Oct. 15, Recognize the Signs of Dating Violence, 3:00 p.m., Johnston Hall, Room 111. Jane Keiffer, Executive Director of Artemis Center, will help precipitants recognize the signs of dating violence, understand dating dynamics, and provide steps of what to do if someone you care about is being abused.

Oct. 17, Financial Empowerment Workshop, 1:15 p.m., Johnston Hall, Room 111. Mary Kovach, Asst. Professor in Commerce, will help participants identify and understand financial abuse, learn financial fundamentals, create budget strategies, and develop a strategy to become debt-free.

Oct. 17, Gender-based Violence (GBV): What is it, Resources and How to Help or Heal, 3:00 p.m., Johnston Hall, Room 111. Advocates from Women Helping Women will present about gender-based violence (GBV), which is an umbrella term for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Participants will learn about GBV, resources available to students on campus, and action items on how to help a friend who has experienced GBV. Prevention methods will also be discussed. 

Oct. 17, We Move As a Group: Uniting the Genders in the Fight Against Rape Culture, 7:00 p.m. **Hamilton Campus** Parrish Auditorium. Our featured lecturer is Alice Sebold, author of bestselling novel The Lovely Bones and the memoir Lucky, which discusses her experience of rape. Alice Sebold, who was raped while a student at Syracuse University and who successfully prosecuted her rapist, has spent thirty-five years observing the rape culture in which we live. Against a background of increasing division within the country, this talk draws both from that personal experience as well as the long term consequences of any acceptance of rape culture as the norm. Much has changed in the thirty-five years since Sebold was raped but sadly, many things have not — one of these is the division of the sexes that the crime of rape often inspires when in reality victims of sexual assault comprise the most diverse population in the world. From months old children to nonagenarians, they can be found in every gender, ethnicity and social class. Sebold speaks to the idea that it is not just the victims of sexual assault that suffer in a world where sex crimes are increasingly common place but all of us. Though not shying away from the grim realities of the present, Sebold's goal is to provide hope by working to dismantle the antiquated and destructive divisions that still exist among us and to inspire a more open dialogue.  

Oct. 18, Violence Prevention on College Campuses: Bystander Intervention Strategies, 3:30 p.m., Johnston Hall, room 120. Audrey Ferryman and Emily Parsons from Project Woman will share information on intimate partner violence, sexual assault and the prevalence on campus.

Oct. 30, Stop, Look, and Listen:  Is this domestic violence?  What should I do?  3 p.m. Johnston Hall, Room 120. Presented by Christa Carnahan, Director of Residential Services of Hamilton’s YWCA. Learn how to identify domestic violence situations and what to do when you are confronted with them.  

These events are sponsored by the Miami Middletown Diversity Council, Miami Regionals Dean's Office, Commerce Department, Department of Justice and Community Studies, The Regionals Conservatory, SERVE (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Efforts), Center for Civic Education, Gardner-Harvey Library, and Miami Pride. For more information on this event, call Mary Kovach at (513)217-4179. Miami Regionals’ Middletown campus is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

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