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The AS Gender and Sexuality Center and Catalyst Present: ‘Private Violence’ Film Screening

Date: 10-16-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Seve Christian, Outreach Program Intern
A.S. Gender and Sexuality Equity Center

The Associated Students Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) is partnering with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services to present the documentary “Private Violence” on the Chico State campus. Filmmaker Cynthia Hill examines the case of Deanna Walters, a survivor of spousal abuse who embarks on a crusade for justice. This film screening, followed by a discussion, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in BMU 203.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent across communities throughout Butte County and the United States. Individuals can be caught in the cycle of violence regardless of age, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation/identity, ethnicity or education level. It is Catalyst’s and GSEC’s mission to prevent intimate partner violence by shedding light on the dynamics of abusive relationships and providing tools to build healthy relationships. One statistic shows that nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or partner at some point in her life.

For more information or questions, feel free to visit the GSEC office in BMU 004, call us at 530-898-5724, or email us at asgsec.wom@csuchico.edu.

Catalyst is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is “to prevent and reduce the incidence of domestic violence by intervening in the cycle of violence through crisis intervention and community education” by providing a range of domestic violence intervention and prevention services. These services include, but are not limited to, assistance through a 24-hour crisis line, emergency safe shelter and transitional housing, transportation, food and clothing. Catalyst provides group and individual counseling for adults and children, assistance with court services, social service advocacy and referral, community education, school based dating violence prevention curriculum and programs, training and technical assistance and participation on Butte Family Violence Prevention Council.

The A.S. Gender and Sexuality Equity Center is a student-run activist organization that strives to empower all students through its three programs: a women’s program, a LGBTQ+ program, and an outreach program. The GSEC challenges societal norms that have been used to oppress and marginalize by providing opportunities for leadership, personal development and referral services. We offer a safe and inclusive space where the campus and community can effectively support the academic mission of the University.