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Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E Fights Against Abuse

Started six years ago by students seeking to create a support network and forum for students on campus, Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E began six years ago when students seeking to create a support network and forum for students on campus. This year, the group is determined to break down barriers and work for change on the Berea College campus.

Members brainstorm ideas at the first meeting of Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E.

The first meeting of Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E on Tuesday night attracted many different kinds of people, women as well as men. "It is 'Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E', but a very important thing to remember is that there is no way you’re ever going to gain equality or get women’s rights without having the support of men." Jessica Stone, President of Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E remarked.

An important event of the year for Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E comes this October, when the members, along with other participating Berea College students, travel to Richmond, Kentucky for the "Take Back the Night March". "The Take Back the Night March" stands as a powerful statement to speak out against the abuse of women. Traditionally, Berea students have been responsible for ringing a bell every nine seconds, to signify another woman being abused. "It’s just a remembrance of the reality of what we’re doing. We’re there for a reason, to stop something that’s very real, and the bells are a constant reminder of just how real it is." Stone said.

Many other exciting events are planned for this fall, including a Dinner and Movie night on September 20, and the ever popular Ladies Lounge on October 14. For more information on Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E or their upcoming activities, you can reach Jessica Stone by email at Jessica_stone@berea.edu.

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