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APSU presents Domestic Violence Awareness Week

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Austin Peay State University's Women's Studies Program and Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) will present a week of events to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.

The week will begin with the Clothesline Project, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5 in the Morgan University Center plaza. The Clothesline Project is a display of hundreds of shirts created by students and members of the community bearing witness to violence against women and children.
In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Austin Peay State University's Women's Studies Program and Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) will present a week of events to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.

The week will begin with the Clothesline Project, from 9 a.m. — 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5 in the Morgan University Center plaza. The Clothesline Project is a display of hundreds of shirts created by students and members of the community bearing witness to violence against women and children.

APSU students hang The Clothesline Project three times a year — in the fall, in conjunction with the production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" and in the spring. The messages written on the shirts reflect the pain and the healing process experienced by survivors of violence and may be shocking.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will present Take Back the Night, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the MUC plaza. Members of the FMLA, Women's Studies program and people from the community will meet in the plaza and walk around campus together to summon the courage to walk safely at night. After returning to the plaza, there will be a candlelight vigil to honor survivors of violence. Participants will be invited to share their stories or the stories of loved ones. Take Back the Night events have taken place nationwide and internationally since the late 1970s.

For more information, or to learn how to participate, visit the Women's Center in Harned 144, or contact Dr. Jill Eichhorn at eichhornje@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth