For more than 20 years, YWCA USA has set aside one week in October for Week Without Violence, part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA. This year, Week Without Violence will take place from October 16 – 20 with a focus on ending gender-based violence. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment.
YWCA Bethlehem will host a series of events to raise awareness about gender-based violence and to encourage personal action to help end gender-based violence in the Lehigh Valley. All events are free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted with gratitude. Online registration can be found at www.eventbrite.com.
Monday, October 16th: Domestic Violence 101 Workshop
Presented by Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learn about current issues around domestic violence and lend your voice to YWCA’s efforts to end DV. Citizen advocacy activities will take place from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. At 5:00, the Crime Victim’s Council of the Lehigh Valley will present “Domestic Violence 101” which will provide an overview of the problem of DV and what services are available to support safety and recovery for local victims and survivors.
Tuesday, October 17th: UnSlut Screening and Discussion at Moravian
Presented by Moravian College’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program and AAUW Chapter
Location: Moravian College, Hurd Academic Complex, Room 102 (“Main” Campus)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Moravian College’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, and the Moravian Chapter of AAUW will present a screening and discussion of the 2016 documentary “UNSLUT”. The movie follows the lives of six women and their experience of sexual shaming and bullying, in most cases after a traumatic experience of sexual assault. This film contains mature material and deals with the topic of sexual assault which may be disturbing to some viewers. Following the screening, there will be time for debriefing and discussion.
Wednesday, October 18th: Human Trafficking in the Lehigh Valley
Presented by VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking)
Location: YWCA Bethlehem, 3893 Adler Place, Bldg B (off of Highland Avenue)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
VAST’s Executive Director will present an overview of human trafficking in the Lehigh Valley. Knowledge and awareness are critical first steps to understanding that trafficking can, and is, occurring right here in our local community. Join VAST and YWCA Bethlehem this evening and gain important insights about what we can do to prevent trafficking and how we can support survivors.
Thursday, October 19th: UnSlut Screening and Discussion at Lehigh
Presented by Lehigh University’s Gender Violence Education Support, Center for Gender Equity and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Program
Location: Maginnes Hall, Building #9, Room 101
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Lehigh University’s Gender Violence Education Support, Center for Gender Equity and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Program will present a screening and discussion of the 2016 documentary “UNSLUT”. (See October 17 event description).
Friday, October 20th: Social Media & Personal Action Day
The community can visit YWCA Bethlehem on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for action steps to end gender-based violence. Post pictures from this week’s events, repost YWCA Bethlehem content or share your personal views on policies that impact the safety of women and girls.