FVPF Partners in North Country National Premiere

The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) is proud to join in one of the first-ever action campaigns developed by Participant Productions in conjunction with a major motion picture. On October 21st, North Country starring Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, and Woody Harrelson and directed by Niki Caro opens nationwide.

North Country is inspired by the true story of Lois Jenson, the lead plaintiff in the first successful sexual harassment class action lawsuit in the country, which was brought in 1988 against the Eveleth Mines in northern Minnesota. The FVPF, along with the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Organization for Women (NOW), are working with Participant Productions in an action campaign called "Stand Up: A Campaign to End Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence."

With issues such as domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment at the core of the film, the Stand Up action campaign is designed to provide viewers with actions they can take in their own lives to prevent such tragic situations from continuing to occur.

The FVPF provided numerous resources on the issue of violence against women and children for the development of the campaign. Visitors to the Stand Up website can participate in on-line discussions regarding the film and the topics it addresses, find resource materials, and ways to take action in their own communities.

In particular, the FVPF’s national Coaching Boys Into Men program and Founding Fathers campaign are featured for people to get involved in their own communities and help end violence before it ever begins. And, when you visit the Stand Up website, be sure to check out blog entries from FVPF staffer Brian O’Connor. Brian works directly on the development of our awareness and education campaigns and has some great ideas and thoughts which he will add to the Stand Up conversation as a regular contributor.

Be sure to see this amazing movie when it opens in your area, visit www.participate.net/standup often, participate in the conversations around the film, and take action in your community to help end violence before it ever begins.

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