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Contact:           Bridget F. Clark,
bclark@stac.edu
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Written by:        Kaitlyn Decker

St. Thomas Aquinas College Students Get a Lesson on Abuse
Events Throughout April Help Raises Awareness on Sexual Assault

(SPARKILL, NY, April 11, 2011) – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, St. Thomas Aquinas College will spend “Thursdays In Black” and host several events to raise awareness about abuse, announced Anne Moore, Director of Student Activities. The College will also display the Silent Witness Exhibit, provided by Rockland Family Shelter.

Students, faculty and staff at the college are encouraged to wear black every Thursday this month to raise awareness surrounding sexual assault, abuse, and domestic violence.  Each Thursday the witnesses will be displayed in the College’s Romano Student-Alumni Center along with student-run informational booths. Visitors can learn more about topics including sexual assault, relationship violence, to LGBT violence. The Silent Witness Exhibit demonstrates the need for awareness.

“’Thursdays in Black’ has become a tradition here at St. Thomas Aquinas, one it seems, that the students are proud to take part in. It has grown over the years to encompass all types of violence, from domestic disputes to sexual assault to violence against members of the LGBT community.” commented Anne Moore, Director of Student Activities and Student Center.  “We are proud this year to bring the Clothesline Project to campus, which brings real stories of victims and survivors. It is our hope that the ‘Thursdays in Black’ initiative and the new Clothesline Project will encourage dialogue amongst our students and awareness about societal violence.”

The Silent Witness Exhibit was created in 1990 in an effort to bring attention to the alarming number of women who were being murdered by their partners or ex partners. The group wanted to do something that would raise public awareness about the reality of domestic violence and commemorate the lives of the women who had been killed by their intimate other. The exhibit contains free standing, life-sized red, wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, or children – whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex husband, partner or acquaintance. The organizers called the figures “The Silent Witnesses”.

In addition to “Thursdays in Black” the College will host several events throughout the month including a self defense class and a candle ceremony.  New this year will be the Clothesline Project which can be viewed in the Romano Student-Alumni Center.

To learn more about the “Thursdays in Black” program, contact the Office of Student Activities at 845-398-4084 or activities@stac.edu.

To learn more about the Silent Witness Exhibit visit www.silentwitness.net.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located in Sparkill, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,700 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across five divisions: Humanities; Business Administration; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Teacher Education programs. For more information visit www.stac.edu.

 

 

 
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