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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Kentucky ranks 9th in the Nation for the rate of women murdered by men. Domestic Violence includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, stalking, financial abuse, and academic abuse. At EKU Green Dot, we know a significant portion of our EKU community, those students and employees ages 16 to 24, are at a greater risk of experiencing this type of power-based personal violence. According to Break the Cycle, "Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence." This October join EKU Green Dot to raise awareness and support survivors. See the list of events below to get involved.

"Rape Jokes:" Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 pm in O’Donnell Auditorium

Join EKU Green Dot as we consider the question of whether rape jokes told from the perspective of a survivor can be empowering rather than offensive. We are holding a screening of comic and survivor Cameron Esposito's stand-up special "Rape Jokes," which takes a look at rape culture and rape jokes, and their negative consequences. After the screening, EKU Green Dot will facilitate a panel discussion with panelists from Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center, EKU Police, EKU Counseling Center, EKU Student Health Services, and EKU Public Health to discuss the special and the concepts of rape culture, consent, bystander intervention, and -- most importantly -- the power of comedy for survivors.

Speak Their Names

Thursday, October 11th at 11:00 am in Case Dining

On average, three women are killed by an intimate partner every day in the United States. EKU Green Dot will be honoring the memories of 5 amazing college-aged women whose lives were taken too soon as a result of intimate partner violence. Stop by Case Dining to learn more about these remarkable women and their stories. Show you #SupportSurvivors by sharing a positive message on social media saying why you #SpeakTheirNames. Additionally, you can learn about local resources and our upcoming events, including picking up a sticker to participate in our Purple Thursday campaign on Thursday October 18th.

Hope’s Wings These Hands Don’t Hurt Rally

Thursday, October 11th at 5:45 pm at First Christian Church of Richmond

EKU Green Dot is proud to participate in Hope’s Wings’ annual These Hands Don't Hurt march and rally. We encourage members of the EKU community to join us! The march will be from First Christian Church to the Courthouse lawn to celebrate those in our community who do NOT use violence in their relationships. The march starts at 5:45 pm and the rally will end around 8:00 pm. There will be live music, games for kids, face painting, food trucks, inflatables, and speakers. There will also be information tables set up with community partners, including EKU Green Dot. Show your support for a fabulous cause and have fun while doing it!

Purple Thursday 

Thursday, October 18th

At Green Dot we believe in Safety For ALL! Join us by wearing purple on October 18th for The National Network to End Domestic Violence's Purple Thursday, sponsored by GreenHouse17. Take a stand against domestic violence by wearing purple, identifying yourself as an advocate while simultaneously raising awareness. You can get your official Purple Thursday sticker from GreenHouse17 which reads "Ask me why I'm wearing purple" by stopping by Jones 417/416 or emailing rebecca.geiger@eku.edu Share your photos on social media and use the hashtags #PurpleThursday and #EKUGreenDot and tag us, GreenHouse17, and NNEDV!

Trauma Informed Yoga Class for Students

Wednesday, October 24th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm R&I Cul-de-Sac EKU Library

While this is a Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, EVERYONE and ANYONE is welcome to sign-up! No matter who you are or what you have experienced, all of us face trauma, big and small, as well as everyday stress which prevents us from feeling grounded, safe, and present. Part of living a healthy life and practicing self-care requires us to recognize when we are struggling with those traumas and/or stress. We need to get in touch with these emotions to determine how they are impacting us or creating tension in not just our mind, but also in our bodies and work through them. Join us and instructor, Leah Van Winkle, a trainee in Ampersand’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga Pilot program, for this meaningful and valuable yoga workshop.

Spaces are limited! Register here.

Trauma Informed Yoga Class for Employees

Friday, October 26th 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Campus Rec Group Fitness Room

Employee Wellness is happy to partner with EKU Green Dot to bring EKU employees a FREE trauma informed yoga class! While this is a Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, EVERYONE and ANYONE is welcome to sign-up! No matter who you are or what you have experienced, all of us face trauma, big and small, as well as everyday stress which prevents us from feeling grounded, safe, and present. Part of living a healthy life and practicing self-care requires us to recognize when we are struggling with those traumas and/or stress. We need to get in touch with these emotions to determine how they are impacting us or creating tension in not just our mind, but also in our bodies and work through them. Join us and instructor, Leah Van Winkle, a trainee in Ampersand’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga Pilot program, for this meaningful and valuable yoga workshop.

Spaces are limited! Register here.

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