GRC to host educational events highlighting Relationship Violence Awareness Month

first_imgWith the start of October, the month dedicated increasing awareness surrounding relationship violence, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) is sponsoring a multitude of events. These Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM) events will include art installations such as “What Were You Wearing,” hands-on experiences such as “Kintsugi” and educational teachings including  “Going to Court as a Survivor.”“I was inspired to have a diverse offering of programming in terms of being educational, interactive and restorative,” Kaitlyn Stankiewicz, program coordinator for healthy relationships and community outreach, said.Christopher Kozelichki, assistant director of career development at Notre Dame Law School and the speaker for “Going to Court as a Survivor,” discussed the importance of having diverse events to bring awareness to relationship violence. “Everyone is generally aware of the idea of domestic violence and relationship violence, but I think that there are a lot of misunderstandings still about the topic,” Kozelichki said.In light of the ongoing pandemic, both Stankiewicz and Kozelichki brought up the renewed importance of being aware about relationship violence.  “[The pandemic has] disproportionately affected people that have found themselves in domestic violence and relationship violence because … one of the more consistent aspects of domestic violence and the cycle [of] violence is isolation, and isolation is what we’re supposed to be, in a perfect world, doing,” Kozelichki said.Because of the rise in domestic violence due to COVID-19, more may be becoming increasingly aware that these issues exist for others, making it even more vital to share information and resources, Stankiewicz said.RVAM kicked off on campus on Oct. 1 with “Hamilton: Violence of our Founding Fathers,” a Zoom event featuring Notre Dame history professor Dr. Linda Przybyszewski, who explored the violence that occured in the founding of the U.S. The art installation “What Were You Wearing” is on display Tuesday through Thursday in the Duncan Student Center. The event showcases student responses at various college campuses on what they were wearing when they were sexually assaulted. “The purpose of the display is to show people that it really doesn’t matter what someone is wearing,” Stankiewicz said. “No one is ever asking to be assaulted [and] it’s always the fault of the perpetuator.”On Oct. 12, there will be an annual RVAM T-shirt giveaway to spread awareness, as well as the national “Wear Purple Day” on Oct. 15, a day during which students can honor victims, support survivors and sign a pledge against relationship violence. “Kintsugi” has become a particularly popular event over the years, Stankiewicz said, and is an example of the diversity of events offered during the month of October. “Kintsugi” offers a restorative process for survivors and is again taking place on Oct. 13. “The art of Kintsugi … talks about how breaking a pot doesn’t mean you need to throw it away, you can actually glue it back together with gold and it can actually be more beautiful than it was before,” she said. The GRC in partnership with the Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) is sponsoring the event “Digging up the Roots of Sexual Violence” on Oct. 21, which invites participants into a discussion on sexual violence through an intersectional lens of racism, classism and heteronormativity and how it develops historically. As RVAM coincides with LGBTQ history month, the event “LGBTQ GreeNDot Overview” on Oct. 22 will focus on the LGBTQ community.On Oct. 25, in partnership with Pasquerilla West and Siegfried Hall, there will be mass at the Stepan Center to pray for the victims and survivors of relationship violence. Finally, RVAM events will conclude with “Going to Court as a Survivor” on Oct. 27, featuring Kozelichki who has prosecuted cases that involve sexual violence. “[The event] talks about what the process even looks like and why that can be retraumatizing to survivors, which may lend itself to why sometimes people don’t report or go through that process,” Stankiewicz said. The goal of this event is to take the mystery out of the court process and provide essential knowledge, Kozelichki said. It’s important for students to attend such events, he added, as college is the time for students to set positive relationship patterns.”I wish I would have known more,” Kozelichki said about his years as a college student.Tags: court process, education events, Gender Relations Center, LGBTQ History Month, Relationship Violence Awareness Monthlast_img read more

Mattis Criticizes Chinese Aggression during South American Tour

first_imgBy Carla Babb/ Voice of America August 17, 2018 Speaking to a group of military students in Rio de Janeiro, Mattis called for partnering with Brazilians to defend American assets in space, adding that steps toward building a U.S. Space Force were reactionary based on Chinese and Russian attack capabilities. He provided the example of when China used a missile to destroy one of its satellites in space in 2007. “We understand the message China was sending, that they could take out a satellite in space,” Mattis told the group. “We don’t intend to militarize space. However, we will defend ourselves in space, if necessary.” U.S. satellites are used for communications, weather forecasting and GPS. They also bring in trillions of dollars of economic output, according to Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. China has shown growing interest in boosting Latin American space efforts, even financing and operating a space center in Argentina. American space firms are enthusiastic about the possibility of launching satellites out of Brazil’s new space center in the city of Alcântara, on the country’s northern Atlantic coast. South China Sea Mattis also criticized China’s placement of weapons and other defense assets in the disputed South China Sea, home to one of the world’s most important trade routes. “China is shredding the trust of the nations in the area by its muscular militarization,” Mattis said. Earlier this year, the defense secretary disinvited China from biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises involving more than 20 countries. He said he came to that decision after China acted contrary to what their president had publicly promised by moving weapons into the Spratly islands. “There is no need for militarization of those islands,” he said. “China benefited in its economic rise from the freedom of navigation that all nations large and small enjoy, so we want to return it to that status.” ‘Predatory economics’ Experts say the Chinese have increased their interest in South America mostly for commercial reasons. However, Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, told VOA that Beijing has also been trying to develop greater defense cooperation in order “to ensure the security of getting products to market.” Mattis cautioned against Chinese deals in the Americas, citing last December when Sri Lanka had to handover a port to Beijing for 99 years, after failing to make its payments on loans from China. “The respect for each other comes first,” Mattis said. “You can’t use predatory economics and pile massive debt on a country and then remove its sovereignty over its port like in Sri Lanka.” The Pentagon says U.S. military equipment sales across the globe are up $5 billion compared to last year. Officials hope competition from China won’t affect future U.S. sales to Latin America. *This article was first published on VOA News: read more