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Clark Atlanta University Celebrates the Call to True Beauty

Posted on Wednesday, October 07, 2015



Donna L. Brock

Larry Calhoun


ATLANTA (Oct. 7, 2015)—Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Ronald A. Johnson today announced that the University will launch its annual campaign against dating and domestic violence, “The Call to True Beauty,” Sunday, Oct. 11, with a weeklong schedule of free educational programming for the campus and metro Atlanta-area community.

The weeklong campaign is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, one of the nation’s preeminent corporate leaders in the crusade to end dating and domestic violence.

Data from the U.S. bureau of justice statistics indicate that women ages 16 to 24 in dating relationships experience the highest rate of domestic violence and sexual assault.  CAU President Ronald A. Johnson says, “This is our target population and, while the University is not besieged with incidents of dating and domestic violence, our proactive stance centers upon empowering all of our students with the knowledge and resources to advocate against these crimes and, certainly, to provide information and assistance to others in their communities and spheres of influence.”

This year’s campaign comprises a series of programs designed to get to the “HEART of the Matter,” with daily emphasis on approaches to preventing and eradicating dating and domestic violence:  healing, education, advocacy, relationships and training.  This year’s events, all of which take place on CAU’s main campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., in Atlanta, include:

Sunday, Oct. 11       The Call to True Beauty in Worship (10:45 a.m. in Davage Auditorium)

                                Sermon by Domestic Abuse Survivor Betty Hones followed by annual memorial balloon lift.

Monday, Oct. 12     “Heart of the Matter” Radio-Thon (6-8 p.m. on WSTU.com Online Radio)

                                Students discuss key issues surrounding dating violence on WSTU.com streaming radio.

Tuesday, Oct. 13    “I Am a Survivor” (6-8 p.m. in Aldridge Auditorium, Cole Center)

                               Survivors share their personal tragedies and how they triumphed over domestic abuse.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 Powder Room/Locker Room (6 – 8 p.m. in Carl and Mary Ware Academic Bldg.)

                                Candid, adult conversations about creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

Thursday, Oct. 15   “The Dating Game” (6 – 8 p.m. in Carl and Mary Ware Academic Bldg.)                                                       

                                Students united for a game-show style workshop on conflict resolution in relationships.

Partners in this year’s campaign include CAU’s Jazz 91.9FM – WCLK, Atlanta City Council, the Atlanta Police Department Special Victims Unit, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights, among others.  For more information, call 404-880-8337 or email dbrock@cau.edu.

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Category: Students
Keywords: The Call to True Beauty