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Okay-State CARE honors home violence consciousness month

October is Home Violence Consciousness Month. “Purple is the worldwide shade for home violence,” Stephanie Foran, assistant director of CARE, mentioned. (Graphic by Catherine Eldridge | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s be aware: The next story talks about home violence. If you’re experiencing home violence and need assistance, the Okay-State CARE Middle is positioned at 206 Holton Corridor. For twenty-four/7 confidential assist, the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline is accessible at 1-800-799-7233 and on their web site at

October is Home Violence Consciousness Month, and the Okay-State Middle for Advocacy, Response and Training is internet hosting occasions all through the month to encourage college students to help survivors of home violence.

CARE will likely be on the Pupil Union on Oct. 21, 24 and 27 tabling for consciousness.

We’ve performed quite a lot of completely different tabling occasions, together with ‘These Fingers Don’t Harm.’  If you happen to cease by our desk on the Union, we can have little purple hand cutouts, and you may write a message of help to a survivor,” Stephanie Foran, assistant director of CARE, mentioned. “We’ve been placing them on our door, simply so each time somebody comes into the workplace, they understand it’s a supportive surroundings.”

Foran mentioned CARE additionally put collectively a “purple out” on Oct. 20. 

“Purple is the worldwide shade for home violence,” Foran mentioned. “We’re doing a social media marketing campaign the place if you’re carrying purple you possibly can tag us … and use our hashtag — we’ll function you in our story. It’s actually meant to garner help for home violence victims and allow them to know that they’re not alone.”

In keeping with the Okay-State CARE Instagram, collaborating college students can submit footage of themselves in purple utilizing #Every1KnowsSome1, #DVAM and #PurpleOut to indicate their help all through the month.

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Blake Riddle, freshman in secondary schooling, mentioned he wasn’t conscious October was Home Violence Consciousness Month earlier than listening to about CARE’s marketing campaign. 

“Truthfully, I’ve by no means heard in regards to the month earlier than,” Riddle mentioned. “I feel home violence is certainly one thing that ought to be talked about, and if giving a month to it will assist keep away from it, then I feel it’s an amazing concept.” 

Foran mentioned many college students aren’t conscious of this month due to how little home violence is mentioned. 

“The factor about home violence is that it’s so pervasive,” Foran mentioned. “It’s additionally form of an unstated factor in our society. It’s probably not delivered to gentle rather a lot. Most home violence victims endure in silence.”

Foran mentioned there are lots of myths about home violence, together with the concept home violence solely impacts girls.

“What we’ve been making an attempt to do is spotlight that it’s not solely a girls’s situation, it’s everybody’s situation,” Foran mentioned. “Males face home violence. They typically face extra delicate types of violence, like psychological and emotional abuse. Additionally, youngsters are sometimes subjected to quite a lot of home violence, particularly if their mother or father is being abused. That has long run penalties for kids by way of trauma and in addition relationship constructing down the highway.”

If somebody is experiencing home violence, Foran mentioned one of the best factor to do is hearken to them.

“An important factor that you may say to a survivor of home violence is ‘I consider you, and the way can I assist?’” Foran mentioned. “I feel that supporting your good friend and never questioning their story is actually essential.”

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One other group on campus supporting survivors of home violence is the Alpha Chi Omega sorority’s philanthropy.

“Alpha Chi’s philanthropy right here at KSU is to help and lift cash for the Manhattan Disaster Middle, which is a company that helps victims of home violence,” Sophie Bond, member of Alpha Chi Omega and freshman in French literature and promoting, mentioned. 

Bond mentioned Alpha Chi will increase cash via their annual philanthropy occasion.

“Our annual philanthropy occasion [is] known as Boot Scootin Boogie, which is a fundraiser … that we do with the fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho,” Bond mentioned. “It’s a swing dancing and barbeque occasion that we host on the Alpha Chi Omega home. It’s a $5 entry price, and all proceeds go to the Disaster Middle.”

Bond mentioned Alpha Chi’s philanthropy is particularly related to school girls.

“It is extremely essential to carry consciousness to the problem of home violence as a result of lots of people don’t assume it’s an issue in any respect,” Bond mentioned. “It’s actually essential to coach folks on faculty campuses as a result of it impacts girls ages 18 to 24 essentially the most.”

Foran mentioned the CARE workplace is open to everybody, regardless of the state of affairs.

“One of many issues that we spotlight in our outreach presentation is that there’s not one face of a sufferer,” Foran mentioned. “There are such a lot of completely different ways in which abusers can management somebody. I might somewhat somebody are available in and never assume their state of affairs is ‘dangerous sufficient’ and nonetheless get sources. I’m not right here to attenuate anybody’s experiences. I’m right here to assist them get assist.”

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For extra info and sources about home violence, go to the Okay-State CARE web site or contact Stephanie Foran at [email protected]