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Gender violence seminar is slated

By Fay Kabasu

A seminar regarding gender violence will be held on Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center by the Diversity and Inclusions office. Lamont Holley, a Medical Management Coordinator for Nashville CARES, is speaking to students and staff about how to stop gender violence.

Gender violence is the act of attacking someone because of their gender such as rape, sexual assault, and stalking. According to Duke University, “gender violence reflects the idea that violence often serves to maintain structural gender inequalities, and includes all types of violence against men, women, children, adolescents, gay, transgender people and gender non conforming. This type of violence in some way influences or is influenced by gender relations.”

Gender violence is an epidemic that affects all genders and all ages. According to USAID (The United States Agency of International Development) there’s over 14 million child marriages, 1 in 3 women are physically and sexually abused, and there’s also been over 1,700 transgender people murdered in in the past seven years. There are national organizations like USAID, RAINN (Rape, Assault, and Incest National Network), and WHO (World Health Organization) that actively work on preventing and aided those effected by such incidents.

For local help, Holley works at the non-profit organization called “Nashville CARES” that helps people with HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, and substance abuse. They also provide services such as testing, counseling, financial help, and transportation. Visit Nashvillecares.org for more information.

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