Miami's Operation Jungle Red II: Raising awareness of violence against women

4/07/2010

It is hoped at least 2,000 male students at Miami University will step out of their comfort zone April 13-15 by painting their nails red to bring attention to violence against women, specifically sexual assaults.

During Operation Jungle Red II, nail painting stations will be set up around campus to paint women’s – and men’s – pinky nails “Jungle Red” to wear for the entire week to focus awareness and spark discussion about violence against women and how to stop it.

The program, first held in 2008 to commemorate the anniversary of the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech and raise awareness of senseless violence on college campuses, is organized by students in the kinesiology and health class, Contemporary Issues in Men’s Health.

“This year we have a goal to reach one in four students, which represents the number of women who could be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes,” according to Reginald Fennell, professor of kinesiology and health. “We hope to have 4,000 Miami University students, including 2000 men, take a stand against violence against women.”

Many students are already on board with getting their mini manicure for a good cause.

“I feel this is an important program because we need to educate more individuals on the everyday violence against women that goes unseen,” said Jordain Brown, a junior sports studies and psychology double major. “It’s a good way to reach out to the masses so that they, too, can either join our efforts or come up with their own ideas to take a stand.”

According to Joey Benson, a senior health studies major, “Three women are killed every day by men who ‘love them.’ As a young man, I want to do my part to raise awareness of this tragic and avoidable statistic.”

For more information, contact Fennell at 529-3226 or fennelr@muohio.edu.