SHU prevents domestic violence in weeklong event

The month of October is domestic violence awareness month. Janice Beckage, Coordinator of Health Education and Staff Nurse, hosted a “Week Without Violence” from Oct. 20-24.

Seton Hill Government Association (SHGA) sponsored and there a pledge signing outside of Lowe Dining Hall. Katelyn West, SHGA President, estimated that 50-60 people signed the pledge.

On Oct. 21 from 11a.m. to 1:30p.m. in the Maura Solarium there was a continuation of the pledge signing and a free ticket for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card basket the Stand Against Violence Day on Oct. 22. Presentations from Area Agency on Aging, Campus Police, Forensics Club, Blackburn Center, SHU counseling, Court Appointed special Advocates of Westmoreland, NAACP student organization, St. Vincent prevention center and the Intercultural Student Organization gave students information on how to off set violence.

Participants lit candles for their walk around campus. The group stopped for a moment of reflection at the helicopter pad.

Participants lit candles for their walk around campus. The group stopped for a moment of reflection at the helicopter pad.

Students and faculty wore white shirts on Oct. 23 to white-out violence.

The last events took place on Friday Oct. 24. From 11a.m. to 1p.m. in Maura Solarium. Animal Friends came with dogs and information on animal abuse.

Another event on campus that raised awareness for domestic violence was the Never Walk Alone Vigil. Attendees met after the volleyball game. A total of 29 participants carried candles throughout campus discussing sexual and gender violence. The event was intended to make students and staff feel safe while walking to their cars at night.

If you, or someone you know needs anyone to talk to do not forget the counseling services offered by the Blackburn Center. All of their client services are free and confidential. You can reach a counselor any time, day or night, by calling their 24-hour hotline at 724-836-1122 or 1-888-832-2272 toll-free. You can also visit their website www.blackburncenter.org to learn more about the center.

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