Week Without Violence events open Oct. 10

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Week Without Violence events open Oct. 10

UNL’s 2014 Week Without Violence will include a presentation by Curt Brungardt, co-founder of Jana’s Campaign.

Week Without Violence is an annual event dedicated to educating individuals about preventing relationship violence. Events at UNL, organized by the Women’s Center, are Oct. 10-15.

“We hope to get a lot of people to come,” said Layla Younis, a program assistant at the center. “We want to raise awareness about relationship violence and how to prevent it.”

Brungardt experienced the consequences of relationship violence in 2008 when his 25-year-old stepdaughter, Jana Mackey, was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Jana’s Campaign is an organization that uses the story of Mackey’s life and death to help reduce violence against women and engage men in ending relationship violence.

Brungardt’s presentation, “Engaging Men in Relationship Violence Prevention,” is at 7 p.m., Oct. 13, in the Kauffman Center Great Hall.

Another speaker, independent filmmaker Ralph Scott, will discuss the social and cultural expectations of masculinity and sexual assault from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 10. PREVENT, UNL’s relationship violence prevention peer educators, will co-facilitate this interactive forum through bystander intervention scenarios in the Georgian Suite of the Nebraska Union.

Scott is a filmmaker-in-residence at UNL. His film “Barbasol” screens at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Gaughan Multicultural Center. The film explores the social and cultural expectations of masculinity through a father-son relationship.

Other Week Without Violence events include:

  • Lincoln’s Slut Walk, noon Oct. 11, Nebraska State Capitol Building north steps – The event raises awareness to stop sexual assault and victim blaming and is part of a transnational movement.

  • Safe Quarters, Oct. 12 - Join Lincoln volunteers who canvas the city and gather donations for Friendship Home, Lincoln’s agency providing shelter and advocacy for women and their children. Contact the Women’s Center Volunteer Coordinator at wcvolunteers@unl.edu for more information about joining the PREVENT team or email laurenp@friendshiphome.org to create a team.

  • Healing and Empowerment through Art, a DNewsmakers event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13, Nebraska Union Crib — View “The Clothesline Project,” a display honoring victims of relationship violence and contribute to the “These Hands Are Not For Hurting” wall. Participants learn how their actions can make UNL and the world a place free from violence, and the event is co-presented by PREVENT and Men “@” Nebraska.

  • Dish it Up: Let’s Talk about Relationship Violence and Bystander Intervention, noon Oct. 14, Gaughan center - Join the Women’s Center, the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services and PREVENT for an open discussion about relationship violence and how everyone can help end it.

  • The Ethics of Bystander Intervention, noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Gaughan center - Brown Bag Discussion co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and featuring PREVENT about the ethical questions surrounding bystander intervention. To register and reserve lunch, email Adam R. Thompson at ethics@unl.edu by Oct. 10.

UNL’s Week Without Violence event sponsors are Student Involvement, Voices of Hope, PREVENT, Men “@” Nebraska, OASIS, UNL Police Department, Sigma Psi Zeta, Psychology of Gender Student Organization, Women’s Foundation of Lincoln and Lancaster County and UNL Ethics Center.

Curt Brungardt, co-founder of Jana's Campaign, will speak during UNL's 2014 Week Without Violence.
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Curt Brungardt, co-founder of Jana's Campaign, will speak during UNL's 2014 Week Without Violence.

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