This week is Spirit Week at UMW. This week is also the week that SAVE (Student Anti-Violence Educators) is conducting the White Ribbon Campaign. Born out of tragedy the WRC is an anti-violence education and awareness campaign aimed at men. December 6th 1989 a man murdered fourteen women in what is commonly referred to as the École Polytechnique massacre. Marc Lepine shot and killed 14 women, injured 10 more women and 4 men, Lepine then killed himself. The motivations behind the attack were largely because he claimed that feminists had ruined his life. In 1991 a group of men decided to create a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about men’s violence against women, and the role that men can play in its prevention; thus, the WRC is born. WRC’s are conducted all across the world, heavily concentrated on college campuses. The WRC is not like other awareness campaigns, however, the WRC is a pledge. By wearing a White Ribbon, men are pledging ‘to never commit, condone, or remain silent against women.’
SAVE is conducting the Campaign on UMW’s campus in ‘the Nest’ this Thursday and Friday from 11-3pm, so stop by, get a ribbon and take a stand against men’s violence against women (women can also wear the ribbon).
Also, tonight in Take Back the Night at UMW. The event begins at 5, outside the Jepson Science Center, and will have a few speakers before the march and then returning for a survivor speak out.