End violence against women
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 00:02
In honor of V-Day coming up at the end of the week, I would like to address the issue of violence against women and the implications of that on our campus and in society as a whole.
For those who do not know, V-Day is an annual activist movement to end violence against women, promote awareness and raise funds for organizations that combat the issue that occurs on Feb. 14.
As females on a college campus, we feel an added sense of danger because of the generally high assault statistics for college campuses. Less than one month ago, a student was assaulted while walking to her car after dark.
National statistics claim that one in five college women will be raped during their college years. According to the university student data book, 8,068 female students were enrolled at Marshall University in 2012. A rough calculation tells us that, statistically, 2,017 of them will be raped before graduating.
Therefore, we should have the extra initiative to try and combat the problem. We should have the right to feel safe while on campus anytime of the day or night. It is up to us to address the problem and take measures to make it a safer place.
Surely, we can find many ways to prevent violence against women on our own campus, as well as in our personal relationships and life outside of school. However, the most valuable methods are, arguably, bringing awareness to the problem and acting as advocates for the victims.
Also, be sure to check up on current events and ways to protest the violence. Many campaigns to end violence against women occur throughout the year, and they are often very easy to take part in. One such event is going on currently in accordance with V-Day.
Another way that women around the globe are trying to accomplish this is through making their voices heard. The One Billon Campaign is an international movement for V-Day to bring awareness to violence against women and ideally, by acknowledging the violence, put an end to it. They say that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is one billion women living on this planet today.
The campaign encourages supporters to take a stand by taking time to stop what they are doing and dance on Feb. 14. The idea behind the dancing, they say, is “one billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.”
In conjunction with the One Billion Rising Campaign, V-Day also suggests annual performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” which Marshall University will be presenting this weekend at 8 p.m. in Marco’s Auditorium. Attending the show is another way to show support for the mission, and end the violence against women. The shows local beneficiaries are CONTACT Rape Crisis Center and Branches Domestic Violence Shelter.
Jocelyn Gibson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.