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White Ribbon Campaign Marks Action Against Domestic Violence

White Ribbon Campaign Marks Action Against Domestic Violence

UC Riverside's Women’s Resource Center offers films, theater, cell phone donation and a clothesline of handmade message t-shirts.

(October 1, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Some cultures wear white as a symbol of innocence. Others wear white for mourning. Throughout October at UC Riverside and in area communities, people will wear white ribbons to flag awareness of violence against women.

The annual White Ribbon Campaign includes programs planned on campus, off campus and online during October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In activities sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and about 20 campus and community partners, the aim is engaging people to become aware of the violence, and to help prevent it.

People will walk a mile discovering a victim’s journey through abuse. They’ll talk with victims, police and prosecutors. They’ll watch movies that explore abusive relationships, and a play about women in prison for killing their abusers. They’ll share their own stories. They’ll learn what community agencies are doing — and what they can do.

While the White Ribbon Campaign is international, its cause literally hits at home. By all accounts, domestic violence has been spiking upward with the job layoffs, mortgage meltdowns and other problems of the ailing economy. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, most victims are women. The coalition says one in four women will experience violence at home in their lifetime.

Throughout the month at UCR, people can:
• Wear a white ribbon as a pledge to help stop violence against women. UCR Women’s Resource Center, 260 Costo Hall, will offer ribbons to pick up and wear.
• Donate a cell phone to Verizon’s Hopeline Project. Sponsors say refurbished phones will go to victims of domestic violence and the Call to Protect Program, a potential lifeline for those in distress.
• Design, decorate and hang a paper t-shirt, building a campuswide, monthlong clothesline expressing feelings about violence. Information and paper t-shirts: Women’s Resource Center, (951) 827-3337.
• Take a self-defense class for men and women. For UCR students only; to register for the Oct. 15 class: (951) 827-3337.
• Go to Movie Night with Q & A. Screening of the award-winning film “Take My Eyes,” by Iciar Bollain, will be followed by pizza and a discussion led by Liz Mondragon of the Counseling Center and Sarah Pemberton of Student Affairs. Details: Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., UCR HUB 355.
• Speak out against violence with stories and poems. In a night sponsored by RAD (Riverside Against Domestic Violence) people can share their stories or have others share their stories. Details: Oct. 22, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., The Barn at UCR. Information: Giselle Sorial,
• Watch a documentary, “One Bad Night,” about an Iraq veteran who overcomes violence he experienced as a child, and talk with him afterward. Details: Oct. 27, 4 to 6 p.m., UCR HUB 302 North.
• Attend a play. “Life Without Parole” is about women who are convicted of life without parole for killing their abusers. The play is based on the dissertation research of a UCR alumnus and performed by student and community actors. Details: Oct. 29, 4 to 6 p.m.

A host of online activities also are available from UCR, including:
• White Ribbon online pledge,
• White Ribbon Twitter,
• Student registration for the College Sexual Assault Policies Database,
For links to many services and resources related to domestic and sexual violence: Women’s Resource Center, (951) 827-3337,
Information about the White Ribbon Campaign and schedule of events: Ribbon Campaign.htm
(951) 827-3337, Adrienne Sims, Women’s Resource Center director. E-mail:

White Ribbon Committee members are Adrienne Sims, Jeanette Bradeen, Doug Everhart, Coleen Boddy Farnham, Elizabeth Mondragon, Sarah Pemberton, Judith Velasquez, Stephanie Dauria,
Nella Juma, Jessica Yamane, Maria Grigorian and Giselle Sorial.

Campaign partners are: UC Riverside ASPB; UC Riverside Title IX Office; University of California Police Department; YWCA; Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center; Alternatives to Domestic Violence; California Baptist University; Riverside County Family Justice Center; Riverside County District Attorney's Office; Riverside County Adult Probation, Domestic Violence Unit; California Parole, Riverside Division; Prevent Child Abuse Riverside County; Riverside County Commission on Women; Riverside Commission on Disabilities; Center on Deafness Inland Empire; Riverside County Sheriff's Department; Riverside Police Department; and St. Andrews Newman Center.

Co-sponsors, according to organizers, include Target, Mimi's, UCR Athletics and UCR Associated Students Program Board.



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