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Creighton Focuses on Intimate Violence

Creighton Focuses on Intimate Violence

At Creighton University, from Oct. 26-Nov. 1, students focused on intimate violence with a series of talks, presentations, activities and a vigil to focus attention on the problem estimated to affect more than a million people each year. Creighton has held this awareness-building event for 15 years.

“The theme of our event was ‘Know your boundaries.’ Like many college campuses across the nation, students are prone to acts of intimate violence and inappropriate dating behavior. We use this opportunity to educate, focus, and provide insight and resources to our campus community,” said Joyce Bunger, assistant dean of Nursing for Community Relations and a co-chair for this year’s events.

Activities included:

Sunday, Oct. 26

  • 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Johns Church

Monday, Oct. 27 

  • 11-2 p.m., Skinner Mall “Hands are Not for Hitting” Interactive Table – Creighton community members vow, through a show of their printed hand prints, that they will do what they can to stop intimate violence.
  • 11:40-12:40 p.m., School of Law, Rooms 124 and 121, “Speak Out,” talk by Julie Medina, rape survivor and Creighton University law alumna.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

  • 11-2 p.m., Skinner Mall “Hands are Not for Hitting” Interactive Table

Wednesday, Oct. 29

  • 11-2 p.m., Skinner Mall, “Hands are Not for Hitting” Interactive Table
  • 3-3:45 p.m., Harper Center room 3049, “A Look at Intimate Relationships in College” – training for faculty and staff on how to talk about and deal with relationship/intimacy/violence issues on campus by Mike Domitrz.
  • 7 p.m., Harper Center Hixson-Lied Auditorium, “Can I Kiss You?” – nationally recognized speaker and author Mike Domitrz. This event is open to the public.
  • 8 p.m., Harper Center main entrance, “Take Back the Night” candlelight vigil with a procession to the steps in font of St. John’s Church.

Sponsors for the Stop Intimate Violence Week included:
The Lieben Center for Women, Residence Life, Peer Education At Creighton (PEAC), School of Nursing, Public Safety, Counseling Center, Student Activities Office, School of Social Work, Campus Ministry, Center for Student Integrity (CSI), Women’s Law School Association (WLSA), Omaha YWCA, All-University Committee on the Status of Women, Greek Life, and Office of Student Success.

Funding for Stop Intimate Violence Week was provided by:
Kind World Foundation, Lieben Center for Women, the offices of the President, Health Sciences, Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Jesuit Community, Creighton Students Union, PEAC, Committee for the Status of Women, School of Nursing, and Committee on Lectures, Films and Concerts.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.