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Groups to raise awareness for domestic violence

Multimedia Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 02:02

Valentine’s day will be all but flowers, candy and hearts as the campaign against domestic violence brings awareness to the Sam Houston State University campus.

The Secular Student Alliance and Young Democratic Socialists have teamed up to create the One Billion Rising campaign, which brings the seriousness of violence in domestic relationships to the attention of SHSU students.

The campaign takes place throughout the day in the SHSU mall area, as student volunteers will be representing abusers and abused partners in a domestic relationship.

Emily Vega, a representative of SSA said that that each partner in the relationship will be wearing certain clothes as well as holding a sign.

“The students representing the abusers will be in regular clothing while the students representing the abused will be wearing the various colors representing the different kinds of domestic violence awareness,” Vega said.

Vega also stated that all relationships from romantic to friendships will be represented in the campaign.

SSA and YDS decided to host the campaign on Valentine’s Day to show that not all relationships are full of love and romance but that some are faced with violence and abuse.

One Billion Rising represents the statistic that one billion women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, meaning that 1 out of every 3 women will experience some form of abuse.

By showing the students of SHSU the seriousness of domestic violence, SSA and YDS hope to bring awareness to more couples and partners in a domestic relationship.


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