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College Hosts Violence Prevention and Education Events

November 10, 2014

Alexa Napolitan '15

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Saint Anselm students, faculty and staff participated in the Clothesline Project as part of the Enough is Enough campaignBeginning Monday, Nov. 10 and running through Fri., Nov. 14, Saint Anselm College is offering a series of events promoting peace and violence prevention on college campuses as part of the national Enough is Enough campaign.

The campaign includes exhibits, speakers, and week-long projects that bring to light the seriousness of issues related to violence.

"The campaign is part of a nation-wide effort to promote safe environments in schools and on college campuses and to reinforce the message that any act of violence is unacceptable in the very places our nation's students should expect the greatest peace and security in order to be successful in their academic pursuits," says Joseph Horton, vice president of student affairs at Saint Anselm.

"Whether the topic is bystander intervention, media representation of the roles of women, or any kind of physical or psychological violence directed at another human being, we all have a responsibility to do our part both to prevent violence and to support those involved in its aftermath."

Saint Anselm College organizations, such as the Multicultural Center, Residential Life & Education, Muslim Student Association, and the Office of Campus Ministry, have joined forces to provide events that range from informational pieces to visual representations of violence issues.

The Clothesline Project is a week-long visual display in the Cushing Center that depicts violence that has been committed against women, children, and men in our community and across the world. Each shirt represents one survivor's feelings at a particular time during their abuse. The purpose of the display is to increase awareness of the impact of violence and to celebrate the strength of survivors. Students and faculty are encouraged to view the display and to create their own t-shirts to hang side-by-side those of victims', signifying unity and support.

"It is our hope that this project will not only raise awareness, but also encourage members of our community to act so this epidemic of violence will end," says Yemi Mahoney, director of the multicultural center and education services at Saint Anselm.

The Silent Witness Project is a traveling memorial honoring women who were murdered from acts of domestic violence. Scattered around campus are life-sized silhouettes that each represent a woman who was murdered by an intimate partner.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Program on Wednesday, Nov. 12, includes speakers sharing their personal stories of living with loved ones with mental illness. The lecture will discuss societal bullying, the stigma of mental illness, and how the legal system deals with those suffering as well as their supporters.

Black and White Day concludes the campus campaign on Friday, Nov. 14., encouraging students to wear black and white, the Enough is Enough campaign colors. The concluding event ties together remembrance with peace and solidarity for victims of violence.

In addition, throughout the week, domestic violence awareness bracelets are being sold for one dollar. All proceeds from the bracelet sale will go to the Joyful Heart Foundation, a foundation created to help survivors of domestic abuse heal and recover.

Below is the full list of Enough is Enough events:

Resource Table
Mon., Nov. 10 to Wed., Nov. 12
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Davison)

Mon., Nov. 10 to Wed., Nov. 11
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Coffee Shop)

The Clothesline Project
Mon., Nov. 10 to Fri., Nov. 14
Cushing Lobby

Silent Witness Project
Mon., Nov. 10 to Fri., Nov. 14
Dana Center Lobby, Alumni Hall (Main level) Davison, Geisel Library (Main level)

Motivations of Violent Behavior
Mon., Nov. 10 to Fri., Nov. 14
Geisel Library (Main level)

#SACStopsTheViolence: Umbrella Scavenger Hunt
Mon. Nov. 10 to Fri., Nov. 14

Coffee and Conversation with the Core Council: Bystander Responses to LGBQ violence. How can I help?
Tues. Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Living Learning Commons

Hijabi Event (Translation: "My Scarf Event")
Wed., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Living Learning Commons, Meeting Room

Thurs., Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
Living Learning Commons, Lower Level Lounge

National Alliance on Mental Illness Program
Wed., Nov. 12, 6 p.m.
Goulet Science Center, Perini Lecture Hall

Wed., Nov. 12, 9 p.m.
Lady Chapel, Lower Abbey Church

Lucubrations Open Mic
Thurs., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Comisky Center

Black and White Day
Fri., Nov. 14

T-Shirt Giveaways- Women's Basketball Game
Fri., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Stoutenburgh Gymnasium

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