Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Domestic violence awareness at MC

• For those who are survivors, know a victim or survivor, or just want to help raise awareness

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Among other commemorations, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has designated October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. To help spread awareness of domestic violence throughout the Midland College (MC) campus, the college hosted a t-shirt campaign to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence.

“By taking a stand we intend to remind the MC student community that there are still countless people--victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends, their communities--impacted by domestic violence,” said MC Compliance Officer Tana Baker “All of us should not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard. This project is for those who are survivors of domestic violence, know a victim or survivor or would just like to be a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
During the week of October 17, Baker as well as MC Intramural/Health & Wellness Coordinator Colton Ryan and Daniel Residence Hall Manager Jennifer Goodwin coordinated efforts for students to decorate various-colored t-shirts in order to express emotions about preventing and ending domestic violence. The t-shirts were then hung on clotheslines in the Scharbauer Student Center to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence.
Students were able to choose which color t-shirt they wanted to decorate. Each color represents a specific aspect of violence:

     • Blue – incest and sexual abuse
     • Purple – attacks due to sexual orientation
     • Yellow – assault and battery crimes
     • Black – attacks due to political reasons
     • White – death as a result of domestic violence
     • Pink – rape and sexual assault

Most of the MC students and employees participated on their own during breaks and between classes; however, a History class taught by Dr. Jaime Aguila thought the project was so important that the entire class participated.

Students and employees were also encouraged to make a handprint on a banner as a pledge not to raise a hand to anyone in violence.

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