CONTACT: HEATHER LIGHT
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 26, 2000
'Sit-Out Against Rape' is planned
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A "Sit-Out Against Rape" to challenge attitudes
about sexual violence will take place in Iowa City Thursday, April 27 from
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The sit-out will be staged in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall
near the intersection of College Street and Clinton Avenue. Planned by community
members and sponsored by organizations including the Rape Victim Advocacy
Program, Women's Resource and Action Center, UI Feminist Union, and University
of Iowa Student Government, the event will protest incorrect perceptions about
rape. Specifically, participants will communicate the message that alcohol
is not an excuse for rape, that there is never an excuse for rape. Organizers
say this protest is prompted by media coverage and lack of community response
to sexual violence.
The sit-out will confront attitudes toward sexual violence and will raise
awareness about rape. SOAR will include elements of readings and performances
by members of the Graffiti Theater and a candlelight vigil.
For more information, or to arrange for any accommodations needed to participate,
please contact Heather Light at 353-0690. Information is also available online