by Ben Pierce
Video by Ashley Anderson & Omar Cruz
Editing by Ashley Anderson
According to the CDC and The National Institute of Justice, ONE in FOUR women in the US will be victims of domestic violence during their lifetime. In addition on average approximately 30% of women murdered annually are victims of their intimate partner.
Those statistics are hard to ignore and with October being National Domestic Violence Awareness month, College of the Canyons will host its annual Domestic Violence Awareness event and donation drive on Tuesday October 11th from noon to 2pm in the Honor grove on the Valencia campus.
Appearing for their 4th consecutive year the event will include a performance from the band “Women On The Move” along with a performance from special guest artist Kelly Zirbes with her band “Kelly’s Lot.”
Also returning is both the “EVERYbody is Beautiful” student fashion show sponsored by the Student Nutrition & Wellness Advocates at COC, and the “Clothesline Project (CLP) Program” which encourages attendees to decorate a T-shirt in the name of a victim or survivor of domestic violence to be included as part of the college’s ongoing Clothesline Project display.
Event organizers will be accepting donations for the SCV Child and Family Center to help young mothers and local victims of domestic violence.
Following the entertainment there will be a special presentation from marriage and family therapist, Lori Bauer, about the “Signs and Cycle of Domestic Violence,” from 2 to 3 p.m. in Mentry Hall, Room 343.
Event organizer and COC women’s studies instructor, Connie Trip, strongly encourages students and staff who are not in class to attend while also stressing that everyone in the community is welcome.
The schedule for the day’s events are as follows:
HONOR GROVE, VALENCIA CAMPUS
12:00 pm – Performance from “Women On The Move”
12:45 pm – “EVERYbody is Beautiful” student fashion show
1:15 pm – Performance from “Kelly’s Lot”
MENTRY HALL, ROOM 343, VALENCIA CAMPUS
2:00 pm – Special presentation of “Signs and Cycle of Domestic Violence”
For any questions or concerns about the event please contact Connie Tripp at (661) 362-5931.