FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199
'Topic Tuesday' discussion series offers women helpful
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Women interested in
understanding how technology aids stalkers or how to enjoy a safe
spring break, should check out "Topic Tuesdays" a new initiative
from Slippery Rock University's Bridge Project.
SRU launched the Bridge Project in partnership with the Butler
County Victim Outreach Intervention Center in 2002. Since its
inception, the project, which works to minimize violence against
women, has provided nearly 200 education programs, six campuswide
events and training for student health services, University and
borough police, and judicial programs staff.
The University received a $228,952 grant from the U.S.
Department of Justice to add group discussions and a freshman
orientation component to the project this year. The latest series
of lectures was the result of student and faculty surveys that
identified topics of major concern.
Michelle Garcia from the National Center for Victims of Crime
will discuss how technology, including the use of popular Internet
sites Facebook and MySpace, is being used by stalkers Feb. 27.The
lecture is co-sponsored by the SRU Women's Center.
A discussion group will meet March 6 to share information on
"Safe Spring Break," including examination of sexual assault/rape,
use of alcohol, safety precautions necessary, how to help a friend
who's been victimized and what to do if victimized.
May 1, the topic is will be "Relationship 411, College Dating."
Jessie Barbati, campus advocate from VOICe, and Karla Fonner,
project coordinator, will discuss healthy vs. unhealthy
relationships, ways to "fight fair," how to help a friend and where
to go when involved in an abusive relationship.
The free programs are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Strain Behavioral
For further details contact the Bridge Project at Ext. 2121.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public
residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students
with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally
combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and
learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their
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