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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.

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.

 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.

| December 03, 2014 | gender-violence-and-social-change, blog

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

When Extended Family Asks Questions

| November 24, 2014 | counseling

With representation from almost 15 different groups on Grounds, the first Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Student Advisory Board meeting on Nov. 10 was a strong example of collaboration and a rare opportunity for the Center to receive direct input from those they serve most - students.

About 20 U.Va. students attended the inaugural meeting, with about 10 additional students who have agreed to be on the board, but were unable to attend this meeting due to a class schedule conflict.

| November 21, 2014 | interns, blog

Event initiates discussion on body image, creates memories for U.Va. Family Weekend

The third annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center welcomed about 20 guests during last month’s U.Va. Family Weekend. This engaging and powerful event was “the most successful in the past three years” in terms of the amount of interaction and depth of dialogue between interns, staff, mothers and daughters.

| November 17, 2014 | Body Positive, interns, blog, events

The Women’s Center has a lot to celebrate.

More than 100 guests comprised of U.Va. students, staff, faculty, alumni and supporters gathered for an evening at the Fralin Art Museum in October to recognize the Center’s silver anniversary, along with its recent renaming to the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, or more simply “The Max,” as some speakers began affectionately calling it that night.

| November 11, 2014 | blog

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This October, Young Women Leaders Program held a community food drive in Charlottesville. All donations went to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which serves food across our region. It was a great success and we ended up collecting almost 2,000 pounds of food!

The girls were so full of energy and confidence handing out flyers in front of Kroger. When asked about the purpose of the food drive, one of the Littles enthusiastically answered, “It was for the part of the community who needed food during the cold seasons.”

| November 10, 2014 | young-women-leaders-program, blog

The Women’s Center is excited to welcome the newest addition to our staff, Leigh Ann Carver (pictured above right at the Center's recent 25th anniversary/renaming celebration).

The others in the photo (from left to right) are: Wynne Stuart, Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Management; Chuck Moran, Marketing Communications Manager of the Women's Center; Sharon Davie, Director of the Women's Center; Ed Hootstein, Sharon Davie's husband; Carrie Daniel, Student Assistant to the Director.

| November 07, 2014 | blog