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Shippensburg University group’s event to battle violence toward women

12 February 2013 No Comment

By AMBER SOUTH
@ShipNewsGirl

SHIPPENSBURG — The Women’s Center at Shippensburg University will encourage the community to stand up against violence toward women when it participates in the national movement One Billion Rising.

SU’s event will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Great Hall of the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building. It follows the lead of V-Day, an activist movement founded by “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler.

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, V-Day is encouraging community organizations to do their part to recognize the one billion women who will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes by getting one billion “women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end” to the violence, according to the One Billion Rising website.

The Women’s Center has shown “The Vagina Monologues” for several years and organizers there are excited about One Billion Rising, said Stephanie Pryor, an intern involved with the Women’s Center.

The event will include activity stations related to the campaign, including discussions with representatives of To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit movement “dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide,” according to the organization’s website.

Attendees will have the opportunity to make hard copy PostSecret-type notes. PostSecret is a community art initiative in which anyone can anonymously mail in a post card with a love or relationship secret written on it to be posted on a website for everyone to see.

“People can come and write what they think about One Billion Rising,” Pryor said.

The power behind One Billion Rising will show itself at 5 p.m. when guests will be encouraged to get up and dance to a female empowerment song.

“The point is just to get everybody up and moving in the same one moment in time as a collective movement against domestic violence,” Pryor said.

In the news release, Women’s Center director Stephanie Erdice said it is important that all of campus know about the event and take a few minutes to support it. Organizers hope at least a couple hundred people will attend, Pryor said.

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Amber South can be reached at asouth@publicopinionnews.com and 262-4771.

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