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ETSU to stand against violence

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013

Updated: Sunday, February 10, 2013 22:02

This Thursday, East Tennessee State University will be commemorating an event dedicated to bringing attention to bruised bodies rather than chocolate hearts, and violation  rather than adoration. This Valentine’s Day, ETSU will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of One Billion Rising.

One Billion Rising recognizes and calls attention to worldwide rape and abuse committed against women. According to statistics, 1 in 3 women will be raped or abused during her life. This statistic adds up to 1 billion.

The event invites women and men to rise against rape and abuse. Likewise, the event serves as a reminder that women across the globe share a common experiences and problems — problems which they can conquer together.

According to the website www.onebillionrising.org, “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.”

On Feb. 14 at 12:45 p.m., there will be a silent march around ETSU’s campus.

According to V-Day organizers, “When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.

“Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction ,but we go there together. It’s dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It’s free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It’s contagious and it spreads quickly. It’s of the body. It’s transcendent.”

From 7-11 p.m. there will be an alcohol-free dance event at the Galaxy Lounge (located at 216 E. Main St in downtown Johnson City). Music will be provided by Jen Rock, The Cry Babies, Amythyst Kiah and Charis Hixson.

Entry will be $5 and proceeds will go towards non-profit organizations dedicated to aiding female survivors of violence.

Organizers for ETSU’s commemoration of One Billion Rising include the ETSU student group, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the ETSU Women’s Studies Department and Shakti in the Mountains, a local organization offering support to women, as well as the Amazing Woman Foundation.

For more information about the silent march contact Shae Keene at keanes@goldmail.etsu.edu.

For more information about or to volunteer for the evening dance, contact Casey Walker at walkercl1@goldmail.etsu.edu. To learn more about One Billion Rising, visit www.onebillionrising.org.

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