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Ohio University’s Women’s Center strives to be an integral part of the university’s transformative learning community and a national leader in its own right. The Women’s Center promotes inclusion, honors difference, and works with faculty, staff, students, and the larger Athens community, to promote academic achievement, active global citizenship, and substantive leadership positions for women in all professional fields, as well as building confidence within women’s personal lives, by using an intersectional, though gendered, lens.

The mission of the Ohio University Women’s Center is to act as a catalyst to promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities.

In fulfilling its mission, the Center provides students, faculty, and staff with information, services, and programs that address matters of particular concern to women - while exploring the connections among gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, culture, religion, political views, and other significant elements in relation to women’s individuality and collective identity.

Victims' Rights Advocate & Creator of the Viral Hashtag, #WhyIStayed, Beverly Gooden

October 25th, 7PM, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

"Why I Stayed" is a revolutionary speech by Beverly Gooden, renown social activist and creator of the #WhyIStayed hashtag and global movement. In this radical talk, Gooden challenges the question “Why did he/she stay?” and reveals how the current way we interact with survivors is a house of cards. From faulty blame attribution, to designating only men as abusers, it’s easy to overlook the sheer volume of domestic violence when the issue has historically been framed as “them” and not “us”.

That’s why, as Beverly argues, domestic violence is a community issue. Victims of violence can be women and men, LGBTQ and heterosexual, or even children. Victims of violence may have fought back, or remained silent. There is no perfect victim and no specific type of abuser. Beverly discusses her personal domestic violence story, reveals the most important questions to ask victims, and outlines how we all can help.

Co-sponsors for Beverly Gooden, includes: Women's Panhellenic Association, the Positivity Project, Intersectional Feminist Alliance, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, My Sister's Place, the LGBT Center, the Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Student National Medical Association, Survivor Advocacy Program, Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program, Ohio University Student Senate, Student Association American College of Osteopathic of Family Physicians, OB/GYN club, Physicians for Patients: Social Medicine in Action, HCOM's Office of Inclusion, Health and Wellness Club, and more!

Visit this link for more information about Love Yourself Week.

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