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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.

Stalking Awareness Month 2013

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month. This is a time to focus on a crime that affects 6.6 million victims a year. Every year, the Haven Project challenges our campus to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to assist the Haven Project in our goal to raise AWAREness by:

  • Scheduling a Stalking AWAREness presentation hosted by Haven Project peer educators and/or staff members
  • Requesting informational materials and/or stalking AWAREness posters for your office or department
  • Knowing and sharing campus/community resources for victims of violence:
    • The Haven Project at the Alice Paul House (24/7 hotline) – 724-349-4444
    • The Haven Project at the Counseling Center – 724-357-2621
    • University Police – 724-357-2141

Please contact Alisia Drew, assistant director of Health AWAREness and Women’s Programs, at AlisiaD@iup.edu to schedule an AWAREness program or request informational materials.

For additional resources to help promote Stalking Awareness Month, please visit:

Find Your Inner IUPeace at a Free Mindfulness Session!

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"The Thinker" by RodinThe thought of finals have your stressed? Take some time to relax and find your inner IUPeace.

“Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.”
—Stephen C. Paul

In honor of IUPeace Week, join peer educator Morgan Chase as he leads a sitting meditation session. IUPeace Week is a new initiative to raise awareness of the harmony we have begun to achieve as a society and the violence that still pervades it. We at the Haven Project desire to enact change towards a peaceful society with the events of the awareness week and foster collaboration from and towards all walks of life.

Contact the Haven Project at health-awareness@iup.edu or (724)357-4799 for more information.

Date and Time

  • April 23, 2013
  • 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Location

The Hawk’s Nest in Stephenson Hall

The Haven Project

Project Unbreakable: The Beginning of Healing through Art - Presentation, September 13

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Grace Brown, age 20, created Project Unbreakable in October 2011. Grace works with survivors of sexual abuse who volunteer to be photographed for Project Unbreakable by holding a poster with a quote from their attacker.

Originally, Grace created the project to show the numbers and how common sexual assault was, but didn't realize until a few weeks into the project the healing power behind taking the words back. Her work has been featured by sources such as TIME magazine, the Guardian, Jezebel, the Washington Post, and more. She was recently honored by Mariska Hargitay's (Law and Order: SVU) organization, the Joyful Heart Foundation.

Grace will discuss how the project came to be, the power of having a voice, and also explain stories behind some of the images. For more information, contact Malinda Levis at malinda@iup.edu.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2012
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • The Ohio Room

Attendance vouchers will be available for students who attend as part of an academic assignment.

Sponsored by the Haven Project at the Center for Health and Well-Being, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Studies, and the Alice Paul House.