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Beaver hosts 'Voices Against Violence' programs

10/5/2009 —

Penn State Beaver will host a series of programs designed to highlight awareness of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The programs are free and open to the public.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14, a series of flags and markers will be exhibited in the Student Union Building for a week to represent the large number of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Beaver County and northwestern Allegheny County. At noon on Wednesday, Oct. 21, a Silent Witness display will be set up in the Brodhead Bistro area to represent actual victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and their stories.

"The Pirate," "The Game" and "The Word ‘No,'" three short plays with themes of domestic violence and sexual assault, will be presented at noon Wednesday and Friday, Oct. 28 and 30, and at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. Thursday’s performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience and cast that will be moderated by the Women’s Center of Beaver County and Grace Coleman, executive director of Crisis Center North in Pittsburgh. The plays are directed by Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts and women’s studies. In addition, Coleman will speak about issues of gender violence to Schafer’s Gender and Theatre class at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building.

Several speakers and domestic violence survivors as well as a documentary screening about reactions to domestic violence also will be featured in November. Details will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the "Voices Against Violence" programs, contact Schafer at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591 or JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846.

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