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February 28, 2006

Mar. 6: One of NBC’s ‘Five Most Inspiring Women in America’ to speak on domestic violence

One of NBC’s “Five Most Inspiring Women in America” to talk on domestic violence

Sarah Buel will speak at the UO School of Law on domestic violence and legal advocacy at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6 in Room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene. 

Buel’s talk, “Accountability, Power and Politics: Navigating the Troubled Waters of Domestic Violence,” is free and open to the public.

When Sarah Buel narrated “Defending Your Life,” the 1992 Academy Award-winning documentary on domestic violence, she wasn’t acting.

The district attorney – now law professor- had survived her own battering by an intimate partner.  What happened afterwards resulted in her recognition in 1996 as one of NBC’s “Five Most Inspiring Women in America.”

After escaping her batterer, Buel went on to become a lawyer, advocate, educator, author, and lecturer.

She founded the Harvard Women’s Advocacy Project at Harvard Law School, established award-winning domestic violence and juvenile programs while a prosecutor in Massachusetts, was a key figure in creating the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, and founded and now directs the Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1996, she was profiled by NBC as one of the five most inspiring women in America.

Domestic violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women in America – more than muggings, rapes, and car accidents combined. A woman in the United States is more likely to be killed by her partner than by any other assailant.

Read more about Sarah Buel on the Women’s History Project website

Free childcare will be provided by UO Childcare and Development Centers staff at 1685 Moss Street during the event. Pre registration required. To register, call or email Cass Skinner Lopata at (541) 686-1882 In the message, please include the number of children you will bring, their names, ages, name/s of parent/guardian and your phone number or email address.
-Eliza Schmidkunz 


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