Spread Awareness for Domestic Violence at TAMU-CC

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Have you ever been or known someone who has been a victim of domestic violence?

By speaking up for others, you can help those in need who are too afraid to let their voices be heard. Simply talking to someone about domestic violence and being there to listen can allow the individual to open up about their battle and seek help.

Domestic abuse can include physical, sexual, emotional, economic deprivation, and even psychological abuse. Victims of domestic abuse mainly deal with people in abusive relationships.

October is the month of DVPAM (Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Month), TAMU-CC students have the ability to engage in this issue and also be educated about what they can do to put an end to domestic violence.

Throughout the week of Monday Oct. 21, TAMU-CC students have the opportunity to attend events that will allow them to learn more about the issue of domestic violence. These events include Painting for Awareness with Sofia, Step Up & Take Action, Purple Thursday, Blurred Lines, Cost of Poverty, Experience Registration and the 2019 Bell Library Display.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, around 12 million men and women have been a victim of domestic abuse. Their partners became abusive and they have experienced scenarios that they never thought were possible.

Junior Devon Deapen believes that domestic violence is still an issue that needs to be discussed. “I think continuing to spread awareness and encouraging those who are experiencing domestic violence need to get the help that they need,” said Deapon. “I have people close to me who have been victims of domestic violence, including my own grandmother and it is truly a hard cycle to escape.”

Everyday someone is going through a difficult time where they feel it is better to hide their abuse from embarrassment or fear of what might happen if their abuser found out. What many don’t realize is if they open up to someone close or tell the authorities what has been happening, they can be put in a safe location while the threat is being neutralized.

Freshman Gabrielle Molina has spoken about how she feels concerning the issue over domestic violence. “I don’t enjoy hearing or knowing anyone who has been through domestic violence,” said Molina. “It’s one of the worst feelings where you trust someone so deeply and they betray and hurt you, and not only just physically. It takes such a heavy toll on you and you truly never know who suffers from it. …I have a close friend of mine that had been suffering for so long as I had known her and never spoke up about it. It’s so heartbreaking just knowing what she had to deal with and how she felt so lost.”

If you or someone you know is in a scenario where they feel like they can’t speak up, don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800)-799-SAFE.