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Creighton Educates Students on Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Creighton Educates Students on Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Creighton University will sponsor a week-long series of student-focused activities, presentations and events on campus to raise awareness of domestic and intimate partner violence. The observance is called “Respect Me, Respect You” and will begin Sept. 26.

New to the schedule this year is a panel discussion led by Alan Heisterkamp, Ph.D., of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention, who will be joined by several Creighton faculty members in a panel discussion about violence in the media. Also new is a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” activity, with fraternity members donning high heels to symbolically show understanding and empathy with women who experience domestic and intimate partner violence.

This special week of awareness building has been an event on the Creighton campus for 17 years and is always scheduled near October, National Domestic Awareness month.

Planned activities include:

Sunday, September 26
Masses at St. John’s Church, with purple ribbons distributed following masses.

Monday, September 27
12:30 p.m., Skinner Mall on Creighton campus
Fraternity members don high heels to symbolically march “in women’s shoes” to show understanding of the experience of women in domestic violence.

Tuesday, September 28
12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m., Skutt Student Center, room 104
Self-defense workshop sponsored by Public Safety.

Wednesday, September 29
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Skinner Mall, Lieben Center balloon display providing a visual reminder that one in four college women are victims of sexual assault.

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Skutt Student Center Ballroom, Domestic Violence in the Media - Rihanna and Chris Brown, a panel discussion led by Dr. Alan Hesiterkamp of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention and Creighton faculty members.

Thursday, September 30
12:00 p.m., Skutt Student Center room 105. A viewing of “Private Violence,” a 21-minute documentary on domestic violence and the history of violence toward women. A discussion will follow.

“Respect Me, Respect You” events are sponsored by the Lieben Center for Women. Partners include the Department of Social Work, Student Activities Office, Center for Student Integrity, Department of Residence Life, Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality, Public Safety, School of Nursing, the Jesuit Community and Peer Education at Creighton.