Week Without Violence events begin Oct. 8

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Week Without Violence events begin Oct. 8

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host a series of events on preventing relationship violence.

Organized by the Women's Center, Week Without Violence events open with a 10 a.m. Oct. 8 walk to spread awareness that sex trafficking exists in Lincoln and across Nebraska. Registration for the No Girl For Sale Walk, which will traverse a route through downtown Lincoln, is available online.

Other events include a luncheon discussion on same-sex relationship violence; screening of the film "The Mask You Live In," which explores masculinity in America; and an open microphone night with a focus on social justice.

The Women's Center has been organizing Week Without Violence for more than 10 years. A full list of events is listed below. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on Week Without Violence events, click here.

2016 Week Without Violence

No Girl For Sale Walk — 10 a.m. Oct. 8

• Walk through the streets of downtown Lincoln to spread awareness that sex trafficking exists in Lincoln and Nebraska. Register here.

Safe Quarters — 10 a.m. Oct. 9

• Volunteers will canvas the city gathering donations for Friendship Home, Lincoln's agency providing shelter and advocacy for women and their children. Contact the Women’s Center at wcvolunteers@unl.edu for more information about joining the PREVENT team or email laurenp@friendshiphome.org to create a team.

You've Got a Friend — 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Regency A, Nebraska Union

• Volunteers will assemble care packages and write notes of support for survivors at Friendship Home. Event will include music and donuts. Individuals can join the event any time.

Same Sex Relationship Violence: Lunch Discussion — 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10, Green Room, Nebraska Union

• Discussion about the unique difficulties the LGBTQA+ community faces when dealing with relationship violence. Lunch will be provided. Register at http://involved.unl.edu/#.

Purple Ribbon Campaign — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10-14

• Take a stand against domestic violence by wearing a purple ribbon in support of Sigma Psi Zeta's campaign to raise awareness on domestic violence. Ribbons will be available at a booth on the main floor of the Nebraska Union

Film screening of "The Mask You Live In" — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

• The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. The screening is free and open to the public.

Dish it Up: Week Without Violence Remix — noon Oct. 11, OASIS Lounge, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

• Open discussion about violence in communities of color. Pepsi products will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Get Konsent with Kappa Alpha Psi — 6 p.m., Oct. 11, Regency A, Nebraska Union

• Discussion on issues of sexual assault and consent on the university campus. Event will include a presentation, refreshments and resources available locally.

Violence Prevention Luncheon with David DiLillo — Noon, Oct. 12, Colonial A, Nebraska Union

• DiLillo, associate professor of psychology, will discuss bystander interventions, what they are and how effective they can be in reducing sexual violence. Information will include steps in how to improve bystander interventions. Reservations can be made by sending email to ethics@unl.edu. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Open Mic Night with ASUN: It's On Us — 8 p.m., The Crib, Nebraska Union

• Open mic night on the topic of social justice. Topics can include sexual assault, violence, gender discrimination, racial discrimination, women's and men's issues, and LGBTQA+ issues.

Take Back the Night Balloon Release and Candlelight Vigil — 9:45 p.m., Oct. 12, Nebraska Union Plaza

• Organized by Sigma Psi Zeta, the balloon release will be followed by a moment of silence for all affected by relationship violence.

Voices of Hope Open House — 5:30 p.m., Oct. 20

• Information about Voices of Hope and the services/programs offered. This event continues to a 7:30 p.m. candlelight vigil. Both events are at the Voices of Hope facility at 2545 N St.