October Events Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence

October Events Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence
Renee Ryborz, a senior communications major, looks at T-shirts at the Clothesline Project, a display of t-shirts decorated by survivors of assault, rape and incest in University Park.
A memorial T-shirt for Christina Burmeister, who was a student at Cal Poly Pomona when she was killed off campus in 2001.

To raise awareness about domestic violence, Cal Poly Pomona hosts a series of free events each October. This year's theme is One Out of Four, highlighting the common statistic that one out of four people in relationships is abused.

Events include free self-defense classes, a march and rally, the powerful Clothesline Project and a special art exhibit by survivors.

The Stop Violence Office provides education, training and support services for issues surrounding sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking on campus. The events include:

Painting the CPP

On Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. join the Stop Violence Office in painting the CPP letters on the hill to kick off Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Enjoy lunch after painting. Meet in the University Plaza.


On Oct. 3 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 pm at the Bronco Student Center in Ursa Major,  TEAAR theatres will present a moving performance that demonstrates the different factors that affect people in abusive relationships. The Education Against Abusive Relationships (TEAAR) Theatre Group was founded June 2004. TEAAR's mission is to educate the campus about partner violence in various communities through theatre. Contact: Diane Sands (909) 869-3102

Self Defense Classes for Women

Learn important tips on personal safety, physical defense techniques and assertiveness training. Cal Poly Pomonas Stop Violence Grant Office will hold free self-defense classes for women at Java the Hut (Building 71), a university coffee shop located along University Drive on the north-east side of campus. The classes are Oct. 9 and 10, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

Clothesline Project and Hate Crime Memorial

View a powerful display of T-shirts designed and decorated by survivors of assault, rape and incest. The Clothesline Project will be on display in Cal Poly Pomona's University Park on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several hundred T-shirts will be hanging on a clothesline. The clothesline symbolizes the way their unique stories are strung together to create a shared experience. Airing the shirts represents publicly airing society's dirty laundry. Victims of hate crimes will be remembered in the hate crime memorial, a series of silhouettes placed throughout the park.  

Domestic Violence March and Rally

The campus community will join to march and rally against violence and raise awareness of domestic violence issues on Oct. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in University Park. Guest speakers include Betty Ortiz, the university's first lady and Dr. Doug Freer, vice president for student affairs.

Visual Voices Against Violence Art Exhibit

More than 100 pieces of artwork by survivors of domestic violence will be on featured in Visual Voices Against Violence at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery. The exhibit will feature works by community agencies that use art as a form of healing and bringing awareness to the plight of domestic violence and sexual assault. The exhibit runs Oct. 30-Nov.1, with an opening reception Oct. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Oct. 31-Nov. 1, the exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Diane Sands in the Stop Violence Office at (909) 869-3102.