Monday, October 25, 2010
Did you know that annually, over 36,000 South Carolinians report incidents of domestic violence to law enforcement? Did you realize that currently, South Carolina is ninth ranked in terms of the amount of homicides resulting from domestic violence? The facts are grim, but the statistics are improving. South Carolina was ranked number one for deaths due to domestic violence in 2005.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the individuals at SC State University are doing their part to help end this harsh epidemic. Eugenia Staley, victims’ advocate for SC State, is working in conjunction with the SC State University Police Department to present “Purple Shirt Monday” and a cell phone drive.
On Monday, October 25, 2010, all student, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple, the symbolizing color of domestic violence. “Even if you don’t have a purple shirt or purple pants, wear a purple ribbon to show that you want to put an end to domestic abuse,” says Staley.
On Thursday, October 28, 2010, there will be a cell phone drive. Please drop off your cell phones to Poplar Hall, located on the SC State campus. The collected cell phones will be donated to Citizens Against Spouse Abuse (CASA), a program of services for families in crisis. All phones donated to CASA will be another resource to help domestic violence victims.
“We are happy to think of various initiatives such as ‘Purple Shirt Monday’ and the cell phone drive, and to pull from such a large body of administrators and students to work with the SC State University Police Department in assisting so many victims,” notes Staley.
For more information on how you can assist during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, contact Eugenia Staley at (803) 536-7188.