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Shirts, Ribbons, Vigil Mark Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Date: Nov. 13, 2002
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photo By: Lisa Ventre
Archive: Campus News

Clothesline Project at UC, 2001

A campaign to enlist men's help in the fight against sexual assault, a weeklong display of T-shirts telling the stories of victims of sexual assault and abuse, a presentation by playwright/activist Sarah Jones and an indoor vigil are the major events marking Sexual Assault Awareness Week from Nov. 18-22, 2002, at the University of Cincinnati.

The events, all sponsored by the UC Women's Center, Students Organized Against Rape and MainStreet, are free and open to the public. Each invites members of the community to take a stand against violence that targets women.

Monday-Friday, Nov. 18-22
: The Clothes Line Project
Where: Brodie Plaza
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
This exhibit of T-shirts created by sexual assault and abuse survivors will be up every day unless it rains. It will also be displayed at the vigil on Friday evening (see below).

Monday, Nov. 18
What: White Ribbon Campaign
Where: Brodie Plaza
When: 11a.m.-1 p.m.
Men are encouraged to sign a pledge to speak out against violence against women and to wear white ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to end violence against women. T-shirts saying "Got Consent?" will also be worn by some of the participants. Members of fraternities will join in the campaign.

Friday, Nov. 22
Take Back The Night Vigil
Where: Inside the Event Pavilion, south of the Alumni Center
When: 8-11 p.m.
The vigil will feature time for "speaking out." Guest speaker will be Sarah Jones, playwright, poet and activist who has filed suit against the FCC to gain airplay for her anti-misogynist poem/song, "Your Revolution." She will speak at 8:30 p.m. CityBeat columnist Kathy Wilson will also speak. An open mike session at the end will allow individuals to come forward to sing songs, read poetry or share personal stories. UC students Regina Schneider and Jaleen Francois will also sell tank tops and T-shirts to raise money for Women Helping Women. The shirts are $10 each. The event is co-sponsored by Friday Night Live, Racial Awareness program, and the Commission on the Status of UC Women, Students Organized Against Rape. Pay parking is available in CBA and Langsam Garages off Martin Luther King Drive.

For more information, contact Vinnie Ray at (513) 556-6261.

Tank Tops Much More Than a Fashion Statement

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