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A positive action to speak out against violence:
Join the Media Violence Fast, October 12-18

New York, October 9, 2008 -- Before reaching 18, the average U.S. child will witness 200,000 acts of violence on television, including 40,000 murders.  The National Television Violence Survey has found that 60 percent of TV shows contain violence. 

Now the United Church of Christ and Rainbow/PUSH are encouraging parents and viewers to take a positive action in their homes by joining the Media Violence Fast, Oct. 12 -18.   

Persons who sign up will receive a daily e-mail devotion/meditation for use individually or with family members or faith group.  Participants will also be encouraged to offer their reflections and feedback in a group forum.   

The Media Violence Fast is co-sponsored by the UCC and Rainbow/PUSH to encourage participants to take a stand against violent media by making a conscious decision not to watch it.  They are asking people to seek other forms of programming and intellectual stimulation, and to reflect on what it means to purposefully distance oneself from violence as entertainment.   

The month of October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  By choosing to participate in the Media Violence Fast, parents will be teaching their children that violence is not how God intends people to act.  "It will be an opportunity to pause and consider how the saturation of violence on our TV screens also affects our spiritual lives, our relationships with others, how we see the world and how we promote peace as a religious value," the sponsors say.

The Media Violence Fast is not about censorship.  Instead, it is a positive way to speak out against violence in our culture, which is one step towards breaking the silence and secrecy that allows domestic violence to fester. 

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month and where you can get support, see the National Council of Churches Womens Ministry article on domestic violence

NCC News contact:  Philip E. Jenks, 212-870-2228,

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