For immediate release: Monday, April 2, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - "Breaking the Silence," an onstage, artistic presentation, will explore the experience and effect of abuse and hatred at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the Levin Hall auditorium, 10th and Market streets, at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.. The performance is free and open to the public.

Created from the often-silenced voices of survivors, crisis center operators, lawyers and perpetrators, the monologue will explore the spectrum of domestic violence, hate crimes, child and elder abuse. An open discussion and a dessert reception will follow. An exhibit in the foyer will feature related art of students, faculty and staff.

The Wednesday performance is one of six events planned for "Stop the Violence, Stop the Hate" week at UTMB, which begins Monday, April 9, and is sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance, Office of Student Life, Institute for Medical Humanities and Student Government Association. Events include a clothing drive, student organization poster display, seminar, and a video presentation and panel discussion geared towards clinical care and domestic violence.

"We have faculty, staff and students from all over campus working together on one primary issue," Jodean Schmiederer, director of student life, said. "This is a series of educational events designed to raise our awareness of abuse and violence. It includes art that we don't get in our everyday lives."

The week of activities started with the idea that domestic violence doesn't just happen to women, Schmiederer said. "It's a subject matter that affects everyone."

"We have expanded on a national event - Take Back the Night - to include different aspects of hate and abuse in addition to sexual violence," Phyllis Jendrusch, associate director of student affairs for the School of Allied Health Sciences, said. "‘Stop the Violence, Stop the Hate' is part health care, part education and part community service."
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Public Affairs Office
301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102
Galveston, Texas 77555-0144