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V-DAY Movement Against Violence to Convene at LIU Post


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VDAYPsychology Students for Social Responsibility (PsySR) of the Clinical Doctoral Program at LIU Post will host V-DAY, an event that is part of an international movement called One Billion Rising to end violence against women and girls, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 13. The V-DAY movement was founded 16 years ago by playwright and author Eve Ensler.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room with an introduction by Drs. Robert Kiesner and Eva Feindler. Morning sessions will include documentaries and presentations about sexual violence against the LGBT-Q community, masculinity, protective factors, victimization vs. survivorhood, and family violence.

A march from Hillwood Commons to the Great Hall will begin at 1 p.m. Afternoon sessions will include readings from A Memory, A Monologue: A Rant and a Prayer, interactive workshops, celebratory hoop dancing, and traditional Indian dancing.

“One out of three women will be beaten or raped within her lifetime—that’s a billion individuals on this Earth," says PsySR President Karolina Pekala. "On V-Day, we reclaim the body for good by dancing for justice and rising with the objective of ending violence against women and girls.”

She continues: “This year, there are thousands of V-Day events happening in over 200 countries. We held our first V-Day last year as a touchstone program for our group. We wish for V-Day to become an annual tradition at LIU Post that only ends when the violence ends. As we rise and celebrate on V-Day to call for justice for women and girls, we are celebrating the spirit of our mothers, sisters, friends, daughters, and ourselves, while promoting a world where every woman and girl is truly respected and feels safe. It’s an event that brings all students and faculty together in obtaining a common goal.”

The event is open to the LIU community.

Posted 02/11/2014

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