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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

GRAND HAVEN, MI – Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue. Since 2009 in the United States, April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

As a result of a growing concern nationwide, the Loutit District Library and Center for Women in Transition are sponsoring three programs to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

These events are free to the public and held in the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus.

Showing of the documentary film The Hunting Ground
Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.
The Documentary film The Hunting Ground is a startling expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue — despite incredible push-back, harassment and traumatic aftermath — both their education and justice. The film was recently premiered at Sundance Festival to rave reviews. An informal discussion will follow the showing.

Two Monologue Plays by Walter Davis 
Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
I Said No featuring Anesa Beilfuss and Life on Death Row featuring Walter (Mac) Davis in a role he’s performed in many prisons nationwide.

 I Said No is performed by Anesa Bielfuss. It represents the consciousness of a rape victim in the months after her assault as she tries to deal with that trauma. As such the play suggests something both therapists and the general audience should consider. A trauma cannot be resolved until it has been fully constituted. I Said No attempts to represent that tragic process.

Life On Death Row is performed by Walter (Mac) Davis. This monologue represents the consciousness of a man who has been on death row for over 20 years, and is based on interviews with a prisoner on death row. His crime: rape followed by murder. How over time does someone confront having done that? Only perhaps by going mad; by plumbing the disorders of the mind of those who rape. Life On Death Row abides in that Inferno.

A panel discussion will follow the performance with panelists: Grand Haven Dept. of Public Safety Officer Dane Beekman; Jody Boyd, LMCSW, Westshore Integrated Psychology; and Melissa Reid, LMCSW, Private Practice.

Showing of the documentary film It Happened Here
Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
This documentary features in depth interviews with 5 victims of rape on college campuses. A panel discussion will follow the performance with panelists: Barbara Lee,  C3 Exchange; Holly Wilson, Clinical Coordinator, Women in Transition; Megan Havrilla, Education Specialist, Planned Parenthood.

For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 212,or The Center for Women in Transition – www.cwitmi.org – 616-392-2829.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 145,581 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. 

Events, Families, Health