Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2016

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Join WLRC/CAN for a month of events centered on understanding the complexities of domestic violence and intimate partner violence and finding ways to support survivors.

Friday, October 7 – October 29
11am – 4pm
WLRC/CAN Meeting Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

Fifteen-year-old Bresha Meadows of Ohio is currently incarcerated and facing a charge of aggravated murder for defending herself and family against her abusive father. WLRC/CAN has signed a solidarity statement in support of Bresha Meadows and the fight to bring her back home to her family. In further support, we have transformed our conference room into a letter-writing space for Bresha. Throughout the month of October we invite you all to spend some time in the room to write a letter of support to Bresha and learn more about the criminalization of survivors of abuse and violence. We also encourage everyone to visit the #FreeBresha site for further information about the campaign, upcoming days of action, and ways to participate.

Film Screening & Dialogue

Tuesday, October 4th
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

In two towns on different sides of America, two teenage girls pass out while intoxicated at high school parties, and, while unconscious, both are sexually assaulted by boys they call their friends. In the aftermath, both girls discover that the crimes were documented on cell phones. Their lives were changed forever.

AUDRIE & DAISY explores this new public square of shame from the perspective of the teenagers and their families – including the boys involved in the assaults and the girls willing to speak out publically for the first time.
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Film Run Time: 98 minutes
Friday, October 7th
WLRC/CAN Programming Room – 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

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Come join the friends and staff of the Women’s Leadership & Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network as we kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This is a great time to meet like-minded individuals, student groups, or causes that aim to make a safe and inclusive campus for everyone.

Come learn about WLRC/CAN's:
Film Screening

Wednesday, October 12th
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Presented as part of the UIC Latino Cultural Center's Civic Cinema Series and WLRC/CAN's Domestic Violence Awareness Month programming.

This documentary is a piercing expose of rape culture on college campuses following students pursuing both their education and justice. Despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families, it has empowered survivors to share their first hand experiences and to be agents for social change.

Screening followed by discussion facilitated by Athanasia Papaioannou (WLRC) and Andie Celerio (CAN).

*Trigger Warning: Film and discussion may invoke strong emotional responses.

Film Run Time: 60 minutes

1:00—2:30 PM
WLRC/CAN PROGRAMMING ROOM - 1101 W Taylor Street, 3rd Floor

This lecture will explore through discussion, how feminism combined with a strength-based approach, can be used by advocates working in the field of gender-based violence who also identify as survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, when working with, and empowering clients who identify as survivors of gender-based violence. Key areas of focus during this lecture will include: 1) the concept of the strength-based approach and its evolution within feminist theory, 2) the benefits, as well as the drawbacks of advocates using this approach within their practice, particularly as the discussion explores whether this approach can assist with fostering resiliency and empowerment within clients.

Lauren E. Miller is a Court Advocate and a Resource and Information Advocate (RIA) in the Domestic Violence program for Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago. Lauren has a Master’s of Arts degree (MA) from the School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago and a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) in Gender, Rights and Development Studies, from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Lauren has been an advocate in gender-based violence awareness for the last 11 years, and has worked/volunteered for Amnesty International, UNIFEM, the Kosova Women’s Network, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network and Rape Victim Advocates. Lauren was recently appointed by the Board of Directors for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as a member of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Committee.