September 23, 2008
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Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Natalie Quinn Student Intern

The Yellow Dress; Domestic Violence Awareness Month

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University and Moody Air Force Base will host "The Yellow Dress" from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Bailey Science Center.

Written by Deborah Lake Fortson and originally produced by Sydney Hayes Patton, the performance confronts the issues of dating and domestic violence by telling the story of Deana Brisbois - a story she is no longer alive to tell.

Mrs. Frances Elmore, the sexual assault response coordinator from Moody AFB, and Leah McMillan, a VSU counselor who specializes in assault issues, are presenting the play for free to all members of the VSU and local communities. Contact Elmore at 560-5085 or McMillan at 333-5940 for more information.

This event is one of many the VSU Counseling Center will host in remembrance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Also sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies at VSU and various community organizations, other events include:

Wednesday Oct. 1 - The Purple Ribbon Campaign
The display of purple ribbons, which serve as a unifying symbol of courage, demonstrates a community stand against domestic violence in homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces and a dedication to ending it.

Monday - Friday, Oct. 6-10 - The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women and children. Decorated t-shirts are displayed along clotheslines, representing individual experiences with domestic violence.

Thursday, Oct. 16 - Community Candlelight Vigil at 7 p.m. in Remerton

Monday - Friday, Oct. 20-23 - The Handprint Project
The Handprint Project gives men a chance to join the dialogue about violence’s against women. By placing their handprints on a display board, they can make a pledge to not commit or condone it.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 - Love Your Body Day
Women are encouraged to promote positive, healthy images of women and girls, protest harmful and offensive advertisements and raise awareness about women's health issues. Visit http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 - Film viewing of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater.
Check the VSU News Web site, www.valdosta.edu/news , for updates on future events.