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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence and sexual assault are two causes that I hold really true to my heart. October is domestic violence awareness month, so I have decided to use this month to educate the campus and do what I can to spread awareness.

I planned a series of LEAD events educating and highlight the cause. I have hosted two events so far, and both were very successful. My second event actually had 94 students in attendance, and it was amazing!

My first event was Friday, October 9. It was titled "Remember My Name." We read and analyzed a poem written over a decade ago, in 1995, by Kimberly A. Collins "Remember My Name." It is a poem that has been used by Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) observances to memorialize victims that have lost their lives to the horrific epidemic of domestic violence.

We went stanza by stanza and spoke about what the words meant and the impact they had. At the end, students wrote a poem of their own using their name. Each letter of their name was used to begin an adjective or sentence for what they want to be remembered by. We can be remembered for what we wish to be and not for being a victim.

Me standing in front of a group of students presenting a domestic violence awareness poem.

Here is me leading the event.

On Thursday, October 15 I hosted my second event titled "A Brief Message."  Students learned about the Brief Message campaign that combats domestic violence and sexual assault. Topics that will be highlighted were: domestic violence and sexual assault are crimes that will not be tolerated; freedom from violence and from the fear of violence is a basic right; sexual assault may accompany domestic violence; and general members of the community can do something about domestic violence. Students in attendance created a brief message of their own.

My Alpha Chi Omega sisters who were in attendance at the event and me showing our "brief" messages.

My Alpha Chi Omega sisters who were in attendance at the event and me showing our "brief" messages.

My next and final LEAD event I am hosting is Thursday, October 29. This event is a Ted Talk video. Leslie Morgan Steiner was in crazy love -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. There will be questions and a collaborative discussion to follow the video.

I am so lucky to attend an institution where I am able to put on events that I want and a huge thank you to Beth Oseroff for being the faculty sponsor for my events.

I would love comments on how to spread more awareness.

Thanks for reading!