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Save the Date: “Take Back the Night”

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IUP’s annual Take Back the Night March will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the Putt-Delaney Courtyard. The march will be immediately followed by the Survivor Speak Out in the HUB Ohio room.

What is Take Back the Night?

Every April (national Sexual Assault Awareness Month), the Haven Project coordinates its largest event with a gathering of several hundred people, including students, staff, faculty, and Indiana residents. Participants, often carrying anti-violence signs and chanting anti-violence and empowerment messages, march through the IUP campus. This march is held in an effort to end violence and send the message that victims and survivors will no longer remain fearful and secluded in their homes. This worldwide initiative has a long and proud history of supporting survivors while trying to prevent violence. Both men and women participate in Take Back the Night marches in their communities.

IUP’s Take Back the Night March is followed by a powerful survivor speak-out, which offers survivors of violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences. Some share their stories, or provide support to others, while publicly affirming their transition from victim to survivor. It is a powerful and empowering event for both survivors and supporters. The speak-out is an inseparable and vital part of IUP’s experience of Take Back the Night and brings awareness to others about the impact of sexual assault and violence on victims and survivors.

Want to Volunteer?

Contact the Haven Project at haven-project@iup.edu for more information about this event and to learn how you can volunteer to make Take Back the Night 2015 a huge success. 

Take Back the Night march

Dine and Discuss at Feminist Friday

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Feminist FridayFeminist Friday is a time to dine and discuss campus feminist issues. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend, regardless of gender identity. 

Join us on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Time:

Noon–1:00 p.m. (drop in anytime during this hour)

Location

Suites on Maple East, G60 

Lunch:

Potluck style. Bring something to share, or pack a brown bag for yourself.

This event is hosted by Women’s Programs, a part of the Center for Health and Well-Being and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

For more information, contact womens-programs@iup.edu or (724)-357-4799.

Haven Project Stalking AWAREness Table in the Library

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Stalking may seem like it’s a far-away issue that could never happen to you or someone you know. But in reality, more than 6 million people are stalked every year in the U.S. alone. Out of those victims, more than half of female victims and more than one third of male victims indicated that they were stalked before the age of 25.

Join the Haven Project on our campaign to help raise AWAREness against stalking by visiting the Stalking AWAREness table at the Health Hut. At the Haven Project AWAREness table, you will find statistics on stalking incidents in the United States, information on how to reduce your risk of experiencing this crime, and campus/community resources for victims of stalking.

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Location: Stapleton Library, main lobby

For additional information on stalking, visit the National Stalking Awareness Month website.

The Haven Project provides counseling and advocacy services for students who experience violence. The Haven Project also provides education about stalking, dating/relationship violence, and sexual assault.

For more information, visit the Haven Project or e-mail haven-project@iup.edu

If you or someone you know experiences violence, help is available. You’re not alone. Contact the Haven Project at (724) 357-4799 or the IUP Counseling Center at (724) 357-2621. You may also contact your local crisis hotline. All services are free and confidential.

January is National Stalking Month

Feminist Friday

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Feminist Friday is a time to dine and discuss campus feminist issues. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend, regardless of gender identity.

  • Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
  • Time: Noon–1:00 p.m. (drop in anytime during this hour)
  • Location: Suites on Maple East, G60 (lunch is potluck style)

This event is hosted by Women’s Programs, a part of the Center for Health and Well-Being and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

For more information, contact womens-programs@iup.edu or (724)-357-4799.

Health Equity and Violence Prevention Webinar: “All Communities Are NOT Created Equal”

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The Haven Project will host the webinar “All Communities Are NOT Created Equal: Advancing Health Equity Goals to Enhance Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts” on Thursday, June 26, 2014. This webinar is a part of the 2014 PreventConnect Web conference series.

  • Date: Thursday, June 26
  • Time: 2:00–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Suites on Maple East, G59

Webinar Overview

What’s health equity got to do with it? This Web conference will provide a space for a closer look at leveraging sexual and domestic violence prevention work to promote health equity. Based in the framework presented in the Centers for Disease Control’s recent publication, A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease, this Web conference will delve into disproportionate outcomes based on race, class, sexual orientation, and ability within the context of sexual and domestic violence. Guests will explore opportunities to better address equity issues and support health equity as a part of prevention initiatives.

Please confirm your attendance by e-mailing haven-project@iup.edu.

For more information about this webinar, please e-mail haven-project@iup.edu or call 724-357-4799.

The Haven Project provides counseling and advocacy services for students who experience violence. The Haven Project also provides education about stalking, dating/relationship violence, and sexual assault. 

For more information, visit the Haven Project, or e-mail haven-project@iup.edu

If you or someone you know experiences violence, help is available. You’re not alone. Contact the Haven Project at the Alice Paul House 24/7 hotline at 724-349-4444. All services are free and confidential. 

Thank You For Making the 2014 Take Back the Night Events a Success!

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As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Haven Project, the Alice Paul House, and the IUP and Indiana Community agencies took part in Take Back the Night, a march through the IUP campus and the Indiana community to show support for victims and survivors of violence.

Photo of student and community supporters at the Take Back the Night march 2014.Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members marched through campus on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 carrying anti-violence signs and chanting anti-violence and empowering messages, such as “We have the power, we have the right. The streets are ours, take back the night.”

The annual march is held in an effort to end violence and send the message that victims and survivors will no longer remain fearful and secluded in their homes. This worldwide initiative has a long and proud history of supporting survivors while trying to prevent violence. Both men and women participate in Take Back the Night marches in their communities.

The CARE Center of Indiana County and the Alice Paul House hosted a Balloon Launch at 7:45 p.m. in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The agencies received a grant from Kiwanis Club to support their prevention month activities.

The Indiana County District Attorney’s Office arranged for representatives from U.S. Attorney David Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania to address the crowd at the beginning of the march. This is the second year they have joined our campus for the march in a show of support for victims of violence.

IUP President Michael Driscoll and Haven Project Peer Educator Ciara Marble kicked off the Take Back the Night march at 8:00 p.m., chanting “1-2-3-4, this is what we are fighting for. 5-6-7-8, no more violence, no more rape.”

IUP’s Take Back the Night March was followed by a powerful Survivor Speak-Out, which offered survivors of violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences. Individuals shared their stories and provided support to others, while publicly affirming their transition from victim to survivor. It was a powerful and empowering event for both survivors and supporters. IUP alumna Tiffany Hall-Campbell addressed the Speak-Out participants as the Take Back the Night keynote speaker, leaving the crowd feeling empowered to take a stand against violence. 

Take Back the Night is sponsored by the Haven Project at the Center for Health and Well-Being.

Co-sponsors include: Alice Paul House, Indiana County District Attorney’s Office, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Programs, African American Cultural Center, RHA, BACCHUS, Safe Zone, Aramark, Center for Student Life, LGBT Commission, Graduate Student Assembly, Office of Social Equity, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality), Her Campus IUP, College of Fine Arts, College of Health and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of International Education, Phi Mu Delta, Men’s Awareness Program, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Cook Honors College, Office of Housing, Residence Life, and Dining, and Fasttimes Screenprinting.

The Haven Project is a program that provides counseling and advocacy services for IUP students who experience violence. The Haven Project also provides education about stalking, dating/relationship violence, and sexual assault. Visit the Haven Project for more information.

Questions about the Take Back the Night Events may be addressed to (724)-357-4799 or haven-project@iup.edu.

Take Back the Night Planned for April 15

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The annual Take Back the Night March and Speak Out is fast approaching! The march will start at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in the courtyard between Putt and Delaney. Arrive early to get the newly designed TBTN t-shirt!

We will march through campus and into the HUB Ohio Room, where we will host our Survivor Speak Out. Come be empowered by the words of our speakers, as well as learn important information on sexual assault and domestic violence.

Never attended a Take Back the Night event? View the above footage from the 2013 Take Back the Night events!

Questions? Contact Haven-Project@iup.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Haven Project, a part of the Center for Health and Well-Being. The Haven Project is designed to increase and improve counseling and advocacy services for students who experience violence. The Haven Project also offers prevention education about stalking, dating/relationship violence, and sexual assault.