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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – On Monday morning, November 24, faculty and students of Moravian College, under the auspices of the college’s women studies program, will encircle Moravian’s two campuses with a mile and a half of yellow police tape to create a symbolic “safe zone” for women. According to Dr. Stacey Zaremba, faculty organizer of the event and head of Moravian’s women studies program, Monday’s effort is the first in a series of planned events that will offer an “emotional and humane” community response to violence against women, including rape.
Zaremba said that faculty and student volunteers will gather near the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning and will fan out to “tie a yellow ribbon” around the College’s campuses on Main and Church streets “to communicate the absolute need for safety of women.” She said that the event had been proposed by an ad hoc group of junior faculty members who sought a visible and compelling way to call attention to “women as victims, violence against women, and the need for rape prevention.” She said that the faculty group, in collaboration with other campus offices, would develop and organize other future events throughout the academic year with the same theme and goal.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.