Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It's almost October (already?!) and we are moving into Third Wave's first awareness month of the year.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, an issue that I and the other board members are very committed to. I recently completed an internship in a domestic violence agency, and my experience there reinforced my dedication to this cause.

Domestic violence is an issue that affects everyone. One in four women will be affected by it in their lifetimes. Look around at your four closest female friends: according to statistics, one of them has or will be involved in a domestic violence situation.

Domestic violence is a social problem that gets a fair amount of publicity, yet most people think that it can never affect them. It is an issue that spans across all ethnicities and class lines, and one that happens in every town and city in the United States. Some people think that only married people can be victims, but anyone in an intimate relationship can be a victim: gays, lesbians, teenagers, college students, and the elderly are all affected.

Here at Third Wave, we are committed to raising awareness about this issue on our campus. Our main event for this month is a Domestic Violence Vigil on October 28th at 8:00 PM.

We are also collaborating with Lesley's Community Service Club to hang up fliers around campus in our mission to raise awareness and empower victims.

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To learn more about domestic violence or receive help for your situation, click here.


Monday, September 28, 2009


Welcome to the first post from the young feminists of Lesley University!

We are members of Third Wave, Lesley's Feminism and Gender Issues Club. We believe in spreading the message of feminism: equality for all, through reproductive rights, economic equality, LGBTQ equality, and ending racism, sexism, misogyny and violence against women. We are young activists who are committed to making a change in the small community of our school, the larger community of Cambridge, and hopefully one day throughout the world!

This blog is maintained by the Third Wave executive board: Bonnie, Whitney, Kayla, and Annika. We have invited our members to contribute as well. We will be posting about our "topic of the month," upcoming events, and things that interest us. We invite you to comment and discuss what you read here (in a respectful manner, of course!)

We also invite you to click on the "Links That We Love" tab on your left, and to recommend some new ones. We hope to hear from you in the comments section, and see you at our meetings and events!

The next Third Wave meeting is Thursday, October 1st in the Lesley Women's Center at 6:15 PM.