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CONTACT: MEGAN LEVAD OR LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail: courtney-jenkins@uiowa.edu

Release: Oct. 6, 1999

Women's Center offers 'Being Free' workshop

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A workshop to address issues that often affect young women in romantic relationships will be Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison St.

The workshop, "Being Free: Everyday Acts for Healthy Relationships," is part of "Everyday Acts of Sheroes," an ongoing series of monthly workshops on the opportunities that young women have every day to impact their own lives and the lives of others in a woman-positive way.

The "Being Free" program is one of many community activities taking place in October to recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Liz Fitzgerald, director of education for the Rape Victim Advocacy Program; Kristie Fortmann Doser of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and UI junior Molly Grogan will speak on topics ranging from rape and sexual, physical and emotional abuse by an intimate partner, to losing one's selfhood in a relationship. The speakers will also engage in discussion with workshop participants about varied impressions and experiences.

"Everyday Acts of Sheroes" gives women the chance to explore many topics pertinent to their lives, says UI undergraduate Angie Lellig, WRAC Advisory Board liaison. "The 'Being Free' program is especially important, I think, because it addresses relationship issues that usually don't get much attention, such as sexual abuse and rape by an intimate partner, and keeping sight of your own goals and life-path when you enter a relationship," Lellig adds.

"Everyday Acts of Sheroes" will continue through the fall and spring semesters with programs on the second Tuesday of each month. Future programs will address topics such as supportive friendships, de-stressing during hectic times, career planning and getting involved with international women's issues.

For more information on "Being Free: Everyday Acts for Healthy Relationships," or to arrange for accommodations necessary to participate, please call (319) 335-1486.