TROY – Troy University’s Sexual Assault and Violence Education (S.A.V.E.) Project hopes to spread awareness about domestic violence through two events in October as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
On Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, free purple silicone bracelets will be handed out on campus to students, faculty and staff. Purple is the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and everyone who picks up a bracelet is asked to wear it throughout the month of October to help spread awareness.
The other event, “The Clothesline Project”, set for Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bibb Graves Quad, will allow the campus community to recognize those who have been affected by domestic violence by decorating a t-shirt in their honor. Those t-shirts will then be hung on a clothesline to serve as a visual reminder and a way to promote healing. T-shirts and decorating supplies will be provided.
“Domestic Violence is often called a silent epidemic since many victims don’t talk about or report the abuse,” said Jenny Duncan, assistant coordinator and counselor for the S.A.V.E. Project. “One of the SAVE Project’s main goals is to give those victims a voice and help break that silence. Students can help with this effort by showing their support and participating in these, as well as other Domestic Violence Awareness events on campus throughout the month.”
The Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Project is a grant-funded program at Troy University that provides support, counseling, advocacy and outreach services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Funding for the S.A.V.E. Project is provided to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs from the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, Violence Against Women grant program.