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Moravian College Students to present “Silent Witness Story” on Domestic Violence

Bethlehem, Pa., October 9, 2006—Moravian College will hold a domestic violence awareness and education program called "Silent Witness Story," a series of 12 monologues by students, holding life-size red silhouette figures, who each tell the story of domestic violence behind the murdered victims.  The program, part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities at Moravian, will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building (HUB). The program is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Silent Witness is a national initiative begun in 1990 in reaction to the growing number of women killed by their husbands, boyfriends, partners or acquaintances. Upset by the growing number of deaths, a group of women in Minnesota decided to take action by creating life-sized wooden figures, each bearing the name of a woman whose life ended violently and each standing as a silent witness so that victim would not be forgotten. They started with 26 figures and today there are an estimated 3,500 witnesses across 50 states and 27 countries.

The national program promotes projects that are based on research and are results orientated such as treatment programs and other special programs geared toward individuals or groups. The program also develops strategies for collecting data on domestic violence. The goal of "Silent Witness" is to have zero deaths by the year 2010.

Moravian College’s "Silent Witness" program will be sponsored through the Special Interest House on Domestic Violence (A group of seven Moravian College female students against domestic violence who are housed together on-campus), the Office of Student Life, Women’s Studies Program, Peer Educators, and the Psychology Club. Stacey Zaremba, professor psychology, is the advisor to the Student Athletes against Domestic Violence.

For information, call 610 861-1491.  Other domestic violence awareness activities at Moravian include a “Fact a Day” in the HUB, purple bracelets and ribbon campaign, and a panel discussion with leading experts on domestic violence that will be held at Moravian College on October 25 (details to follow).