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Oct. 8, 2008

Contact:  Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671

Media Alert: Ohio State addresses relationship violence with two campus events

The Ohio State  University is working to prevent the problem of relationship abuse and violence among college students. The Lima Campus will host two events on Thurs., Oct. 9, 2008.

“We want to give our students a chance to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships” said Amy Livchak, Student Activities Coordinator. “Our hope is to develop a school and community culture that does not endorse, promote or accept violence in relationships.”

Remote Control is a highly interactive, dramatic three-person play specially designed for students to recognize abusive behaviors and what they can actively do when they see it happen. It will be held as part of the Performing Arts and Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 9, 2008, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall.

Take Back the Night helps participants understand the urgency of ending sexual assault and abuse. One of the unifying themes of the Take Back the Night movement is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated. Participants will move to different stations around campus from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 9, 2008.

· Station One in the center of the Quad: Program Introduction by Garrett Haley

· Station Two in the Tech Lab: Self Defense Demonstration with the Lima Police Department

· Station Three in Cook Hall: Mime Presentation by the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

· Station Four in Reed Hall: “Remember My Name” Silhouettes Presentation

· Station Five in the Center of the Quad: Singing Presentation “One in a Number”

· Station Six in the Public Services Lobby: Resource Tables and Snacks

Ohio State students also have access to activities in Columbus where work has been ongoing for several years and the It’s Abuse program was piloted and then expanded to include the Columbus College of Art and Design, Capital University, Columbus State Community College and Ohio Dominican. It’s Abuse is a peer-to-peer relationship abuse awareness campaign that strives to break the silence about abuse on college campuses. The goals of the It’s Abuse campaign are to raise awareness among students of the warning signs of physical, verbal, and emotional relationship abuse; educate students about maintaining healthy relationships now, and throughout their adult lives; and generate awareness of campus and community resources for victims (and perpetrators) of relationship abuse. More information is available at www.itsabuse.com.

Remote Control and Take Back the Night are free and open to the public.

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