One Billion Rising Raises Awareness and Gets Campus Dancing
On February 14th, over 60 John Carroll students, faculty, staff, and administrators participated in the One Billion Rising event. One Billion Rising is part of V-Day, which is a global, grassroots activist movement to bring attention to and help end violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. This year, on V-Day’s 15th anniversary, the organization invited one billion women and those who love them to rise up and dance in solidarity to demand an end to this violence. One billion was chosen because statistics show that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, the equivalent of one billion women alive today. A song, “Break the Chain,” was written and choreographed for this movement.

On campus, two flash mobs danced to “Break the Chain” in front of the library at the change of classes and in the dining hall during lunch. Posters were hung and informational cards were distributed so that people would know the reason for the dance. The video can be viewed on the VPAC website. The website also includes the video “Man’s Prayer,” which features John Carroll men speaking out on the topic of violence against women. “Man’s Prayer” streamed throughout the day on February 14 in the LSC Atrium.

Workshop for FSAs: How to Respond to Students Who have Experienced Violence
VPAC, in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, is providing an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators to think about ways they can effectively respond to and support students who disclose incidents of relationship violence or sexual violence.

The workshop focuses on:

  • Mandatory reporting requirements
  • Reflections on our initial words and actions
  • Resources available on and off campus
  • Insights into the impact of trauma and the experience of survivors

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the O’Dea Room. Please contact Amanda Rolf, Coordinator of the Violence Prevention and Action Center at (216) 397-1975 for more information or to RSVP.