Putting an end to violence

Domestic violence is currently a prevalent issue in our society. Under the broad scope of violent acts performed by spouses, other actions like stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual assault still require great awareness.

The Multicultural and International Student Services promoted the awareness of domestic violence this month by passing out brochures at noon yesterday.

Due to the poor weather and persistent showers, the event was moved from the mall area inside the LSC Atrium on the second floor.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, encouraging the cessation of violence in relationships, providing support for those who have suffered, and enlighten those who don’t know much about the facts.

Although many college students have yet to engage in matrimony or even experience such a case, the statistics show a growing number of cases where intimate violence in relationships have surfaced, not only among adults, but college students and teens.

According to an article written by Assistant Professor M.D. Melissa Kottke, one in four women will suffer from intimate violence in her lifetime, and even more shocking, one in ten high school students across the U.S. report being hit by their significant other, proving that violence in relationships is rooting at younger ages.

If you or someone you know is experiencing such events, Huntsville provides a number of vehicles to offer aid, like Sam Houston’s Counseling Center or The SAAFE House. Or you can always call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE for further resources.

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