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Delta Xi Nu speaks out against violence

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012 00:10

Delta Xi Nu speaks out against violence

Megan Laurie I The Houstonian

PLEDGE SILENCE. Delta Xi Nu put on a Clothesline Project against abuse Wednesday on the mall. Delta Xi Nu member, Gabby Hykes holds a pledge sign while Rana Banks paints an anti-abuse shirt.

The ladies of Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority hosted “Breaking the Silence” on Wednesday as a way to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. The group had a table set up in the Lowman Student Center Mall area from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. They invited people to make shirts with messages against domestic violence. The shirts were then displayed on clotheslines in the mall area as a way of speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been in or are currently going through domestic violence situations. Many students took to raising their voices against domestic violence in this manner.

“It’s awesome to see so many people participate,” Delta Xi Nu Historian Andrea Balderas said.

“Everybody writes a message on the shirts and it could be inspirational so the victims know that they are not alone and they have support,” Delta Xi Nu’s Fundraising Chair, Yenifer Ibarra said. “There are people out there that know that they need help and there are people just as well who suffer the same thing they do.”

Domestic violence against women is one of the organization’s national philanthropic platforms. The SHSU chapter of the sorority does a lot of work as advocates against domestic violence by working with Saafe House here in Huntsville.

“It just feel like it’s so sad that some women are subjected to such pain and so many women never speak up,” Baldera said. “And that’s the whole idea of ‘Breaking the Silence’, speak up, do something…defend yourself.”

Some of the shirts featured sayings like “Love ≠ Pain” and “Rhomeo never hit Juliet.” The members of Delta Xi Nu really feel as though these shirts, as well as some of the various other original shirt creations, served as powerful methods of speaking out against violence and showing supports to the victims.

At 4 p.m., surprise special guest speaker Jolene Miller came to tell the story of her experiences with domestic violence, closing out the event.

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