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Ok-State CARE honors home violence consciousness month

October is Home Violence Consciousness Month. “Purple is the worldwide colour for home violence,” Stephanie Foran, assistant director of CARE, mentioned. (Graphic by Catherine Eldridge | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s word: The next story talks about home violence. In case you are experiencing home violence and need assistance, the Ok-State CARE Heart is situated at 206 Holton Corridor. For twenty-four/7 confidential assist, the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline is on the market at 1-800-799-7233 and on their web site at https://www.thehotline.org/.

October is Home Violence Consciousness Month, and the Ok-State Heart for Advocacy, Response and Schooling is internet hosting occasions all through the month to encourage college students to assist survivors of home violence.

CARE might be on the Pupil Union on Oct. 21, 24 and 27 tabling for consciousness.

We’ve performed a number of totally different tabling occasions, together with ‘These Arms Don’t Harm.’  For those who cease by our desk on the Union, we can have little purple hand cutouts, and you’ll write a message of assist to a survivor,” Stephanie Foran, assistant director of CARE, mentioned. “We’ve been placing them on our door, simply so each time somebody comes into the workplace, they realize it’s a supportive setting.”

Foran mentioned CARE additionally put collectively a “purple out” on Oct. 20. 

“Purple is the worldwide colour for home violence,” Foran mentioned. “We’re doing a social media marketing campaign the place in case you are sporting purple you may tag us … and use our hashtag — we’ll function you in our story. It’s actually meant to garner assist for home violence victims and allow them to know that they’re not alone.”

Based on the Ok-State CARE Instagram, collaborating college students can put up footage of themselves in purple utilizing #Every1KnowsSome1, #DVAM and #PurpleOut to point out their assist all through the month.

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Blake Riddle, freshman in secondary training, mentioned he wasn’t conscious October was Home Violence Consciousness Month earlier than listening to about CARE’s marketing campaign. 

“Truthfully, I’ve by no means heard concerning the month earlier than,” Riddle mentioned. “I believe home violence is unquestionably one thing that must be talked about, and if giving a month to it’s going to assist keep away from it, then I believe it’s an ideal concept.” 

Foran mentioned many college students aren’t conscious of this month due to how little home violence is mentioned. 

“The factor about home violence is that it’s so pervasive,” Foran mentioned. “It’s additionally type of an unstated factor in our society. It’s probably not delivered to mild quite a bit. Most home violence victims endure in silence.”

Foran mentioned there are lots of myths about home violence, together with the concept home violence solely impacts girls.

“What we’ve been attempting to do is spotlight that it’s not solely a girls’s situation, it’s everybody’s situation,” Foran mentioned. “Males face home violence. They typically face extra delicate types of violence, like psychological and emotional abuse. Additionally, youngsters are sometimes subjected to a number of home violence, particularly if their dad or mum is being abused. That has long run penalties for youngsters by way of trauma and likewise relationship constructing down the street.”

If somebody you understand is experiencing home violence, Foran mentioned the perfect factor to do is hearken to them.

“A very powerful factor that you may say to a survivor of home violence is ‘I consider you, and the way can I assist?’” Foran mentioned. “I believe that supporting your buddy and never questioning their story is absolutely essential.”

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One other group on campus supporting survivors of home violence is the Alpha Chi Omega sorority’s philanthropy.

“Alpha Chi’s philanthropy right here at KSU is to assist and lift cash for the Manhattan Disaster Heart, which is a corporation that helps victims of home violence,” Sophie Bond, member of Alpha Chi Omega and freshman in French literature and promoting, mentioned. 

Bond mentioned Alpha Chi will elevate cash by means of their annual philanthropy occasion.

“Our annual philanthropy occasion [is] known as Boot Scootin Boogie, which is a fundraiser … that we do with the fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho,” Bond mentioned. “It’s a swing dancing and barbeque occasion that we host on the Alpha Chi Omega home. It’s a $5 entry charge, and all proceeds go to the Disaster Heart.”

Bond mentioned Alpha Chi’s philanthropy is particularly related to varsity girls.

“It is extremely essential to deliver consciousness to the difficulty of home violence as a result of lots of people don’t suppose it’s an issue in any respect,” Bond mentioned. “It’s actually essential to coach folks on school campuses as a result of it impacts girls ages 18 to 24 essentially the most.”

Foran mentioned the CARE workplace is open to everybody, irrespective of the state of affairs.

“One of many issues that we spotlight in our outreach presentation is that there’s not one face of a sufferer,” Foran mentioned. “There are such a lot of totally different ways in which abusers can management somebody. I might quite somebody are available and never suppose their state of affairs is ‘dangerous sufficient’ and nonetheless get assets. I’m not right here to reduce anybody’s experiences. I’m right here to assist them get assist.”

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For extra info and assets about home violence, go to the Ok-State CARE web site or contact Stephanie Foran at [email protected]