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Author of ‘The Lovely Bones’ part of Miami Regionals domestic violence awareness events

Miami Regionals’ Middletown and Hamilton campuses will host a number of events in October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

All events are free and open to the public.

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Events include:

The Clothesline Project 

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On display throughout October across both the Middletown and Hamilton campuses. 

The project, which began in 1990, is a way for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. 

Contact Jade Petermon (petermjd@MiamiOH.edu) or Theresa Kulbaga (kulbagta@MiamiOH.edu) if you’d like to participate.

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Women Helping Women

The Regionals Diversity Council is partnering with the Center for Civic Education to host a donation drive for Women Helping Women. 

The organization provides kits of fresh, clean clothes and basic toiletries to hospital for sexual assault and domestic violence victims. 

Drop off donations all month at the Center for Civic Education locations on either the Hamilton or Middletown campuses. 

For more information, contact Crystal Ford at fordcm2@MiamiOH.edu or 513-727-3339.

Put The Nail in It! 

Take the #PutTheNailinIt challenge to end domestic violence. The idea behind this initiative is to “paint your ring fingernail purple to show the world your #PutTheNailinIt vow to end domestic violence. 

A painted nail is an easy and empowering way for anyone — women, men and even children — to start a conversation about domestic violence and to end the silence that so often allows it to thrive, according to the organization. 

If you paint your ring finger purple, snap a pic and email it to Ruth Orth (orthrm@MiamiOH.edu) with the subject: Purple Nail Campaign) to be posted on Miami’s social media feed.

There are multiple local resources for victims of domestic abuse.

Online videos

Throughout the month of October, the Regionals Diversity Council’s Canvas site will launch a new video each Monday at noon. 

Topics include a woman’s story of her mother’s domestic violence situation, understanding the cycles of abuse, college women and dating violence, dynamics of domestic violence on a college campus, and the bystander effect. 

The Canvas site is open to all with Miami Canvas access, and offers an online discussion with a handful of related questions to begin the discussion.

Lecture: Gender-based Violence (GBV): What is it, Resources and How to Help or Heal

1:15 p.m. Oct. 15, Johnston Hall, room 120 (Middletown campus). Advocates from Women Helping Women will present about gender-based violence (GBV), which is an umbrella term for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Participants will learn about GBV, resources available to students on campus, and action items on how to help a friend who has experienced GBV. Prevention methods will also be discussed.

The lecture will be repeated at 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in Johnston Hall, room 111 (Middletown campus).

Lecture: Recognize the Signs of Dating Violence

3 p.m. Oct. 15, Johnston Hall, room 111 (Middletown campus). Jane Keiffer, executive director of Artemis Center, will help precipitants recognize the signs of dating violence, understand dating dynamics, and provide steps of what to do if someone you care about is being abused.

Workshop: Financial Empowerment

1:15 p.m. Oct. 17, Johnston Hall, room 111 (Middletown campus). Mary Kovach, assistant professor of commerce, will help participants identify and understand financial abuse, learn financial fundamentals, create budget strategies, and develop a strategy to become debt-free.

Guest speaker: Alice Sebold (We Move As a Group: Uniting the Genders in the Fight Against Rape Culture)

7 p.m. Oct. 17, Parrish Auditorium (Hamilton campus). Featured lecturer is Alice Sebold, author of bestselling novel The Lovely Bones and the memoir Lucky, which discusses her experience of rape.

Sebold, who was raped while a student at Syracuse University and who successfully prosecuted her rapist, has spent 35 years observing the rape culture in which people live.

Against a background of increasing division within the country, this talk draws both from that personal experience as well as the long term consequences of any acceptance of rape culture as the norm.

Sebold speaks to the idea that it is not just the victims of sexual assault that suffer in a world where sex crimes are increasingly common place but all of us. Her goal is to provide hope by working to dismantle the antiquated and destructive divisions that still exist among people and to inspire a more open dialogue.

Lecture: Violence Prevention on College Campuses: Bystander Intervention Strategies

3:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Johnston Hall, room 120 (Middletown campus). Audrey Ferryman and Emily Parsons from Project Woman will share information on intimate partner violence, sexual assault and the prevalence on campus.

Lecture: Stop, Look, and Listen: Is this domestic violence? What should I do?

3 p.m. Oct. 30, Johnston Hall, room 120 (Middletown campus). Presented by Christa Carnahan, director of residential services of Hamilton’s YWCA. Learn how to identify domestic violence situations and what to do when a person is confronted with them.

For more information about any of these events, call 513-217-4179.

Miami Regionals’ Middletown campus is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.

Miami Regionals’ Hamilton campus is located at 1601 University Blvd.

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