Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Sheds light on campus resources

SARAH GIOMI
Arts & Culture Producer
giomism@plu.edu

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Pacific Lutheran University’s Sexuality Awareness & Personal Empowerment Team wants to spread awareness and end abuse on campus and beyond Parkland.

According to DomesticAbuseStatistics.org, every nine seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. In addition, domestic abuse happens to all genders- 40% of domestic abuse victims are men.

Domestic abuse is physical or emotional violence from a spouse or significant other, and happens every day. Abuse is an issue that happens on college campuses and at homes and it is time abuse ends.
The team includes students that, through presentations and events, aspire to educate other students and the university on topics about consent- giving and receiving, gender, and how to obtain a healthy relationship.

These workshops taught by PLU’s S.A.P.E.T. team provides training to prepare students and members of the workshops to promote a healthy and safe community. The workshops will teach warning signs and skills to help abolish abuse from individual relationships and PLU The Training is a part of Green Dot- the campus-wide violence prevention project.

To learn more about how to have a healthy relationship, promote a healthy community or participate in an event or training, contact the Women’s Center at ­­­ womenscenterplu.edu, the Sexuality Awareness & Personal Empowerment Team at sapet@plu.edu or Voices against Violence at voices@plu.edu. Together, as Lutes, let’s bring domestic abuse to an end.

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