University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
March 25, 2009
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211
USA Partners with Verizon Wireless to Prevent Violence

The University of South Alabama is partnering with Verizon Wireless to sponsor “Violence Awareness and Prevention Day” on April 8 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the USA Student Center. The event, free and open to the public, will include live music, food and information about violence prevention.

A moment of silence will be held at 12:15 p.m. that day, where attendees will gather at the Student Government Association Courtyard to raise awareness and pay tribute to victims of violence and abuse. Later that evening, the event will conclude with a “Take Back the Night” march at 7 p.m., beginning at the track and circling the campus. Participants should bring their flashlights.

Members of USA Greek organizations will create a helping-hand display of hand prints as pledges from other students stating, “these hands don’t hurt” and encouraging the community not to engage in violence.

A donation drive for the Lifeline Rape Crisis Center and Penelope House, along with self-defense demonstrations, will be held by the USA Police Department.

USA students will be able to see the effects of domestic violence as told by local women through the Clothesline Project, an initiative of Verizon Wireless in conjunction with Penelope House. A display of painted Tee-shirts displaying the emotional journey of domestic violence survivors and staff from Penelope House in Mobile will be on display.

In addition, participants will be asked to donate their old cell phones and accessories for the Verizon Wireless’ Hopeline program. The cellular phone company recycles, repairs and sells the devices to generate grant money for local domestic violence organizations.

Cellular phones and accessories do not have to be in working order and can come from any wireless carrier. Donations will be accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store locally and across the country.


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