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Student reports on campus Domestic Violence Awareness activities

Posted Oct. 27, 2011

As part of a variety of activities on the Kent State University at Trumbull campus in observance of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kent State Trumbull student April Marr-Aliff filed the following report as part of an assignment for Dr. Pamela Lieske's Business and Professional Writing class.

Results of Bake Sale to benefit Someplace Safe:
On October 18-19 Kent State Trumbull hosted a 2nd annual bake sale to benefit Someplace Safe. Chrissy and Amanda Ash, sisters attending Kent Trumbull, organized and promoted the sale for the second year. Proceeds of the two day sale totaled $357.55, with $50 in just donations.  This is approximately $150 more than last year. The majority of the baked goods were donated by Chrissy, Amanda, and their family. The girls feel the sale is important because it creates domestic violence awareness on campus.  Darlene McCue, a coordinator for Someplace Safe also attended the sale.

Purple Light bulbs:
Purple light bulbs were sold at the bake sale. The campaign to sell purple bulbs started in 2007 in the Seattle, Washington area and was recently brought to Ohio.  Purple is used because it's the color widely used to represent domestic violence.  Shame and silence are often associated with domestic violence and promoting the sale of purple bulbs is a way to open conversation and shine a light upon an often taboo subject. 

Tina Project Bill:
Chrissy, Amanda, and those at Someplace Safe are pleased to report a recent success in educating Ohio youth about domestic violence: Ohio House Bill 19. This bill requires that by the academic 2010-2011 year, all Ohio schools must address dating violence and prevention in grades 7 thru 12. The bill is named after 18 year old Tina Croucher who was murdered in Butler County Ohio by her boyfriend.  In 2009, seventeen years after Tina's murder, Ohio House Bill 19 passed. This bill is important because it mandates education on domestic and dating violence to Ohio youth, and it does so in Tina's honor.

Someplace Safe:
Someplace Safe, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence, is the only shelter of its kind in Trumbull County. It provides program services that include 24-hour crisis intervention, temporary shelter for women & children, safety planning, legal advocates, women & children support groups, and community education programs. Someplace Safe has reached out to Kent Trumbull campus students by placing brochures in locations throughout the campus with information about domestic violence and how to get help. Student response has been overwhelming. Several students have received assistance from this organization's efforts.

For more information on domestic violence, contact Someplace Safe at (330)393-1565 or www.someplacesafe.org