Speak up for victims

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The Non-Traditional Student Club is sponsoring the clothesline project for Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct. 22-31.

The clothesline project was developed in 1990 by a coalition of women’s groups in Cape Cod, Mass., to educate, break the silence and bear witness to violence against women.

The club will have white T-shirts available for the project 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22 in the mall.

Students who have been, know someone or are against domestic violence should show their support for victims and decorate a shirt with encouraging messages and art.

Then on Oct. 23, show up for the clothesline march, where the decorated shirts will be carried from the empowerment center to the second floor of Loftin Student Center.

The shirts will be on display on the second floor of Loftin until Oct. 31.

One in four women and one in 13 men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.

Without support, abuse can last for long periods of time before action is taken or its effects noticeable to outsiders.

Domestic violence victims do not have to deal with their problems alone.

Speak up: Telling a friend, teacher, public official or parent is a start to ending the cycle of abuse.

There are options for help in breaking free of an abusive relationship, including facilities such as Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. and the Battered Women’s and Children’s Center. Counselors also are available at the empowerment center to help victims of domestic abuse.

If you know victims of domestic violence, show your support. Tell them they have options and they are not alone.

Express your concerns and ask what you can do to help.

The longer someone is in an abusive relationship, the worse it gets emotionally and physically.

Domestic violence knows no boundaries. You probably know or have known a victim.

Join in the clothesline project to promote awareness.


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