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.

Email to be put on our email list and begin receiving emails about our meetings and events.

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


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