Friday, October 9, 2009

Action Alert: Sat, Oct 10: PAVE Challenges Celebrity Support of Roman Polanski

A rally in New York City will take place at Lincoln Center on Saturday at 6pm. (in front of Alice Tully Hall) during the New York Film Festival.
Join Us To Make Signs: Starbucks, Columbus @ 67th 4pm, Sat, Oct 10
What: On Saturday, October 10,

rallies will be held in front of movie theatres across the country and abroad in response to the startling media and Hollywood support of Roman Polanski, the film director convicted of sexual assault and fleeing the country. These powerful demonstrations happening on October 10 are part of a global campaign, Rape IS Rape. PAVE is seeking support from all moviegoers to join in helping shatter the silence of sexual violence. People in cities across North America will gather signatures at movie theatres for a petition that supports survivors and a call to action to hold perpetrators accountable. Visit: http://www.RapeIsRape.com

Why: According to the US Department of Justice, every two minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 60% still being left unreported. The outcry of support for a sexual assault perpetrator is a strong message we are sending out to victims across the country that they will be forever silenced and blamed for these atrocious acts.

Who: This collaborative effort with organizations such as NOW (National Organization for Women) is being orchestrated by the nonprofit PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, who was responsible for the 2007 nationwide “Call it RAPE Protest” that was held in over 40 cities and covered on CNN, TIME, and NBC’s Today Show. PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence with targeted social, educational and legislative tactics. PAVE initiatives have been implemented in over 55 cities and in 3 countries. http://www.PavingTheWay.net

This alert is posted on our site, at
http://www.svfreenyc.org/alert_111.html

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