In conjunction with the Privileged Campus Advocate and Shelter from the Storm, students are encouraged to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month by wearing purple on Oct. 22. Tuesday is designated as Day of Action, and the Privileged Campus Advocate’s Office will host an open house. Attendees can learn more about the program and its services, and have a chance to win a prize. Additionally, the EOU community is invited to the Pancake Palooza Fundraiser from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Presbyterian Friendship Center. Tickets will be available at the door, but can also be purchased at the EOU Multicultural Center, Elkhorn Media, Nature’s Pantry and Les Schwab. Proceeds from the event benefit Shelter from the Storm. Privileged Campus Advocate Tyana Musrasrik said the aim of these events is to “let people know that domestic violence is not okay.” “When people come forward and express their passion about these issues, it provides support to anyone going through domestic violence,” she said.
The Candle Light Walk of Solidarity on Oct. 10 invited students to walk through campus after dark carrying small lights. The walk ended in Pierce Library where attendees read short stories and poems of survivors. Participants also wrote messages to survivors to show their support. Throughout October, purple ribbons are displayed around campus in recognition of those who have or currently suffer from domestic violence or sexual abuse. “We want to bring attention to the fact that this is a prevalent issue in society, and honor those who have lost their lives or been affected by domestic violence,” Musrasrik said. The Privileged Campus Advocate, a Shelter from the Storm employee located on EOU’s campus, offers a variety of resources for those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse and stalking. Musrasrik said she wants survivors to know, “they are not alone and it was never their fault. For those who have yet to reach out, it is not too late and there are people who are here for them.” Purple ribbons can be picked up at Zabel Hall, Room 113. Those looking to volunteer can sign up through the Community Awareness Training Registration. Shelter from the Storm is also looking for crisis hotline volunteers, advocacy volunteers and board members. For more information, please contact Tyana Musrasrik or firstname.lastname@example.org.