“Kristin’s Story” and “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Scheduled for October 21

Co-sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and UCR Women’s Resource Center to raise awareness of acquaintance rape and domestic violence

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Kristin’s Story describes a young woman’s acquaintance rape and subsequent suicide in 1995 as told by her mother, Andrea Cooper.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — Raising awareness of acquaintance rape and making a statement against sexual assault are the theme of a pair of events scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, October 21 at the University of California, Riverside.

“Kristin’s Story: A Story of Acquaintance Rape and Depression”, featuring acclaimed speaker Andrea Cooper, will be held at 1 p.m. at University Lecture Hall followed by the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event at 2:30 at the UCR Bell Tower. The events are co-sponsored by the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the UCR Women’s Resource Center. Both events are free and open to the public. Parking for non-permit holders is $5.

“It is our privilege to introduce Kristin’s Story to our campus,” said Mor Petito, vice president of philanthropy in Alpha Chi Omega, Iota Xi chapter. “We hope to bring attention and provide education about this silent issue.”

Cooper’s co-educational program tells the moving story of her daughter, Kristin, a student at Baker University and member of Alpha Chi Omega, who was a victim of acquaintance rape. On August 4, 1995 Kristin spent the evening watching movies with friends. Later that evening she was raped by a “friend” she had known for two years. She kept the incident a secret and slipped into depression, committing suicide on New Years’ Eve.

Seeking to raise awareness and provide resources for acquaintance and date rape education, Andrea Cooper began traveling and presenting “Kristin’s Story” in 1998 and has since spoken at more than 325 campuses and 27 conferences, reaching in excess of 100,000 students, faculty and administrators.

Immediately following the presentation at 2:30 p.m. will be the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event at the UCR Bell Tower. The event asks participants to step up and step out against sexual assault by walking around the Bell Tower plaza in heels to help place an emphasis on the dangers of domestic violence.

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Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Mor Petito, Vice President of Philanthropy
Tel: (310) 498-2909
E-mail: morpetito@gmail.com

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