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Events to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 18-20

Several events intended to mark the observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month are planned for Wednesday through Friday, April 18-20, on Princeton's campus.

The campus activities, part of a national effort, are being organized by the University's Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office.

They include:

• The screening and discussion of a documentary, "No!" with filmmaker Aishah Simmons at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in 307 Frist Campus Center.

• A panel discussion titled "Not in Our Community: Faith Perspectives on Domestic and Relationship Violence" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in 2 Robertson Hall.

Panelists will include: Rabbi Mark Dratch, a member of the Clergy Task Force on Abuse of Jewish Women International; Courtney Esposito, director of education and training at Womanspace, a Mercer County nonprofit agency for individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence; the Rev. Dorothea Custis, an advisory board member for the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute in Atlanta; Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Va., and speaker for the Peaceful Families Project, which provides training on issues relating to domestic violence in the Muslim community; and Lakshmy Parameswaran, founder and board member of Daya Inc., a Houston-based organization that promotes awareness of domestic violence in the South Asian community.

• The annual Take Back the Night Rally on Friday, April 20. Participants will march from Alexander Beach beginning at 7:15 p.m. and gather on the south lawn of the Frist Campus Center at 8 p.m. for the rally against all forms of violence.

The main speaker at the rally will be Rose Steward, a sexual assault survivor who has written articles for the Los Angeles Times and Redbook magazine and whose story has been featured in a Discovery Channel series titled "Lifeforce."

Other sponsors of the events include the Fields Center, Center for African American Studies, Fund for Intergroup Collaboration, Office of Religious Life, University Health Services, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, Women's Center, SHARE Peer Educators, Anscombe Society, Center for Jewish Life, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Organization of Women Leaders, Projects Board, Sexual Health Advisers, Frist Campus Center, Pace Center and SpeakOut!

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