Panhellenic presents a mothers account of acquaintance rape and depression

On New Year’s Eve 1995, Kristin Cooper, a 20-year-old Alpha Chi Omega sorority member, committed suicide after being raped by a friend.

Three years later, Kristin’s mom, Andrea, decided to share her daughter’s tragedy with college students across the country.

Tonight, Cooper will share “Kristin’s Story” at 7:30 p.m. in the LSC

The lecture is sponsored by the Alpha Chi Omega, Zeta Tau Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Delta Pi sororities in order to raise awareness about domestic violence.

“Kristen was an Alpha Chi Omega who was in a domestically violent relationship,” Rider said. “She committed suicide because she had no control of her life.

“Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy is domestic violence, and that is why this story is so dear to our hearts.”

One in four women are affected by domestic abuse and violence, according to Sara Rider, Alpha Chi Omega member and vice president for the National Panhellenic Council.

The SHSU Counseling Center will be on hand for students to talk about domestic violence that has affected them or people they know.

Free wristbands and T-shirts will be given at the event.

For more information, contact SaraRider at or visit

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