October is recognized as Dating Violence (DV) Awareness Month to shed light on the epidemic of domestic and dating violence. Butterflies and the color purple are used to represent domestic violence awareness, and this year’s theme is “Power Up.” The Campus Violence Prevention Program, along with community partners, has planned a variety of events for the campus community to learn more about interpersonal and sexual violence and ways to support survivors and prevent violence.
The Campus Violence Prevention Program, in collaboration with Southeast’s Redhawks Rising and Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau, will host the annual Clothesline Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6-8 on Normal Avenue outside the University Center. The Clothesline Project is a powerful public display of T-shirts with graphic messages and illustrations designed by survivors.
Survivors of domestic, dating or sexual violence are invited to design a T-shirt portraying their experiences with violence and healing as an exercise in art therapy. The allies of survivors are welcome to decorate large clothespins to hold up the T-shirts and show their support for survivors. The T-shirts, clothespins and decorating supplies will be provided by the Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility.
Additionally, a 6-by-6-foot butterfly display created by local artist Kori Demyan will be on exhbit. The display is traveling to various sites in southeast Missouri throughout October, and is accompanied by staff from The Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau.
Attendees are also invited to take a selfie with the hashtag #PowerUpSEMO to enter a drawing for free T-shirts and prevention merchandise.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, the campus community is invited to join with domestic violence advocates and allies around the country for Purple Thursday. Wear purple and take a picture, then post it to social media using the hashtags #PurpleThursday and #PowerUpSEMO.