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February 12, 2013

Coastal Carolina to host flash mob in campaign to stop violence against women

Coastal Carolina University will unite with V-Day’s One Billion Rising campaign Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a flash mob and dance party on Prince Lawn, according to a news release from CCU.

Coastal Carolina University will unite with V-Day’s One Billion Rising campaign Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a flash mob and dance party on Prince Lawn, according to a news release from CCU.

Women and those who love them are invited to watch or to sign up to take part in one of the many scheduled events around the world, where people rise up, dance and demand an end to violence against women. At 12:05 p.m., the crowd will dance to “Break the Chains,” the official One Billion Rising song.

CCU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program is hosting the event in partnership with the CARES Coalition and Women’s Resource Center. Representatives from local anti-violence organizations, such as the Rape Crisis Center and Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking, also will be on site to provide information about how to address violence against women in the Myrtle Beach area.

One Billion Rising is V-Day’s newest activist campaign to raise awareness concerning domestic violence and sexual assault both locally and globally. It began as a response to the statistic that 1 in 3 women of the world’s population of 7 billion will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That adds up to more than 1 billion victims of violence and assault. In its 15th year, V-Day has raised funds and awareness, while demanding an end to violence against women and girls. The group has raised more than $90 million and educated millions about the issue. This is expected to be the largest day of action ever.

To learn more about V-Day at CCU, contact Angie Fitzpatrick at afitzpatr@coastal.edu, or on Facebook, go to Women’s and Gender Studies-Coastal Carolina University.

To learn more or sign-up for the V-Day campaign, visit www.vday.org.

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