October Is Relationship Violence Awareness Month
Join the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) in making our campus safer for everyone by learning about what you can do to recognize and prevent relationship violence. This month, SRVSS will be hosting workshops and actions to honor survivors, educate the campus and change culture.
Research shows that 1 in 3 college students have been abused by an intimate partner. Emotional, physical and sexual abuse are all tools used by an abuser to control an intimate partner. Violence can often escalate as time goes on, or when the abused person takes action to leave the situation or stop the abuse.
Taking action starts with being educated. Check out the calendar to take advantage of Green Dot bystander trainings and other workshops this month focused on recognizing and interrupting power-based personal violence. Full trainings will be offered Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. See the SRVSS website or call the Williamson House for more information.
The annual Clothesline Project also will be taking place on the Kent and Ashtabula campuses on Oct. 23-25. This national art installation project is a way for men and women affected by sexual violence to express themselves, heal and raise awareness. Shirt-making sessions will be held at the LGBTQ Student Center on Oct. 14.
The month kicked off last week with the annual Take Back the Night march and remembrance of victims of violence. A full schedule is available at www.kent.edu/srvss/calendar to help members of the Kent State community spread awareness and take action against relationship violence.