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'Thursdays In Black' Comes To CWU

January 31, 2006

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - "Thursdays in Black" is part of an international movement to demand a world without rape and violence. It began with "Women in Black" groups that were formed over the past 20 years in various countries around the world.

Wearing black on Thursdays is a way of protesting against domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest, murder, female infanticide, mutilation, sexual harassment, discrimination, sex trafficking.

To support that effort, every Thursday during February will be "Black Thursday" on Central Washington University's Ellensburg campus.

"Wearing black on Thursdays will demonstrate a person's support for the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to provide equality, freedom from discrimination, violence and fear," says Nicole Dunn, Wildcat Wellness Center Health Educator.

The center is sponsoring "Thursdays in Black" and is seeking university students, faculty and staff members who are willing to show a unified stand to eliminate sexual violence. To encourage participation, the center will provide black t-shirts for those committing to wearing them each Thursday during February.

"The shirts read 'Unified in ending sexual violence. Ask me why I'm wearing black,'" Dunn adds.

The shirts will be made available to university students, faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about "Thursdays in Black" at CWU call (509) 963-3214, or (for the hearing impaired) TDD (509) 963-2143. Additional information is also available at the center's Web site at

Contact: Nicole Dunn (509-963-3233/fax 509-963-1813/e-mail:

Public Relations and Marketing: (509) 963-1493

Central Washington University is a master's degree-granting institution with approximately 10,000 students and 1,500 faculty and staff. More than 160 undergraduate and master's degrees are offered. Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington State, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River. Since 1975, CWU has served the needs of placebound students at six university centers throughout the state. CWU is an AA/EEO Title IX Institution.

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