October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. To bring awareness to this issue within our community, The IU South Bend Student Counseling Center, in collaboration with the Honors Program, Student Government Association, and Feminist Student Union, hosted a Domestic Violence Awareness Day of Community Service for Survivors of Physical, Sexual, and Psychological Abuse. The event took place Thursday, October 24th, and was open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
The event had a great turn out with more than 50 participants. Attendees were encouraged to paint hopeful, inspirational words and images on canvas boards. These, along with heartfelt home-made cards, were given to adult and child survivors at IU South Bend’s Student Counseling Center and our local YWCA. In addition, T-shirts were decorated for the Clothesline Project. According to the President of the Feminist Student Union, Kayla Isenbletter, this project “is an annual display to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence in all forms. T-shirts are decorated with survivor statements and encouragement from allies and are displayed on campus in the last two weeks of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This display doesn’t just occur on our campus, other campuses and organizations participate across the world.” This year’s display is in front of Wiekamp Hall, along Mishawaka Avenue. A second display will be put up near Campus Housing as well.