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Nov. 29, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Susan Mattucci will discuss domestic violence and the military Friday, Dec. 3, at noon in Arches Lounge (Room 304) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University

The talk, which is open to the public, is part of the Sirens Series brown-bag discussions hosted by Sirens, V-Day, the Women's Resource Center and the Miles Foundation.

According to Molly Dragiewicz, director of the Women's Resource Center, "Mattucci will tell her personal story of domestic violence, abduction and murder, and discuss what is being done to address domestic violence and the military.

"She will discuss how affiliation with the military as enlisted personnel, veteran, child, or spouse impacts domestic and sexual violence, and what is being done to address these problems," she said.

According to the Miles Foundation, "Violence against women, including sexual harassment and assault, is dramatic, though underreported in the United States Armed Forces. Victims of harassment and assault by colleagues, supervisors, strangers and current or former partners are particularly vulnerable due to social isolation, deployments, fear of adverse career impact and hypermasculinity within the military community."

Sirens is Bucknell's feminist student group which works to raise awareness and provide opportunities for discussion of women's and gender issues on campus and in the community. V-Day is the Bucknell student group that works to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. The Miles Foundation is a private, non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of violence associated with the military; furnishing professional education and training to civilian community-based service providers and military personnel; conducting research; serving as a resource center for policymakers, advocates, journalists, scholars, researchers and students; and serving to ensure that public policy is well-informed and constructive.

The Foundation is responsible for the development of a coalition of organizations throughout the country and abroad fostering administrative and legislative initiatives to improve the military response. The Foundation and its partners drafted Improving the US Armed Forces Response to Violence Against Women: Recommendations for Change.

For more information, contact Dragiewicz at 577-1375.


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