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January 15, 2015

Coming soon!

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center offers a therapy group for faculty and staff who have experienced sexual assault. The group focuses on triggers in the work place, as well as self-care, among other topics. The group is open to men and women. For more information on a similar group for students, visit this link.

January 15, 2015

Within the first work week of the New Year, the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center has played a role within different types of training sessions focusing on support for survivors of sexual assault and the prevention of sexual assault.

December 16, 2014

Through the Office of the Provost, the Women's Center has recently received funding for an education outreach/prevention specialist for the Gender Violence and Social Change program, as well as a full-time counselor in residence with experience in trauma. We especially thank the Women's Leadership Council - the President's Advisory Committee on women's concerns - and Marcus Martin, the Vice President for Diversity and Equity.

December 08, 2014

At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we are hearing from members of the University community who are confused by the ongoing media attention. Please note: False reports are extremely rare. According to a 2010 report, False Allegations of Sexual Assault: An Analysis of Ten Years of Reported Cases, about 2-10 percent of all reports are false.

December 05, 2014

U.Va. law professor Deena Hurwitz has given helpful advice for tackling the daunting task of reading, interpreting and commenting on the University’s approximately 60-page Sexual Misconduct Policy by the Dec. 20 deadline. A group of about 25 faculty, staff and students attended this informative brown bag session at Newcomb Hall on Dec. 5.

December 03, 2014

 To the University Community:

University of Virginia students, faculty, staff, and alumni are voicing their deep commitment to a seismic shift in the culture. The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center firmly believes that the University—which means all of us— can create this change. Please read the Center’s Statement on Sexual Violence at the University of Virginia on our website.

November 24, 2014

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Rape is a vile criminal act, to which no individual should be subjected.

November 06, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Comes to a Close with Red Flag Week

The following has been re-printed from Iris with permission from the author.


Dozens of T-shirts lined the perimeter of the Lawn  in the last week of October, designed with messages like, “It’s my childhood.  Don’t rush me.” and “Love shouldn’t hurt.”

October 15, 2014

Author and psychotherapist Ashley Warner, a survivor of sexual assault, visited the University of Virginia during a time when local and national media coverage had already been focusing on concerns regarding the safety of women in Charlottesville and on Grounds.

October 01, 2014

The Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC) program, formerly Sexual and Domestic Violence Services, is excited to collaborate with the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority and the Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition (SVPC) for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the University of Virginia.