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Diamond Days & Womenspace


-Rache’ll Brown

We see it on MTV, we see it in magazines, and sometimes, we see it on the streets. Domestic violence is an issue that is often overlooked, and University of Oregon sorority Alpha Chi Omega, along with the help of fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha, is working to help bring attention to those who have been affected.

“Raising awareness about domestic violence is essential,” Lambda Chi Alpha sophomore Cody Koenig said. “Whether people realize it or not, domestic violence impacts so many people, and we need to be able to recognize what domestic violence is and how we can help those affected.” Around the world, one of three women has been the victim of spousal abuse, and ten million children witness it every year. Luckily, organizations like Womenspace offer women and children in difficult situations an escape to get back on their feet.

Womenspace entered Lane County in 1975 and has continued to grow since. With a safe house, emergency services, support groups, and various programs, Womenspace is able to help the women and children of Lane County flourish despite the hardships they may have faced. However, programs like this require a lot of community supports via volunteering and donations, and Alpha Chi Omega will be hosting their annual philanthropy event Diamond Days with the help of Lambda Chi Alpha to benefit Womenspace and survivors of domestic violence. Sophomore Samantha Harmon stated, “The most important reason I support Womenspace is that the domestic violence statistics are at an all time high. If I can have even a small part in lowering the number of assaults and keeping survivors safe, I’ll do it. We, as Alpha Chi Omegas, take pride in helping lift these women up and making them stronger.”

The annual Diamond Days softball tournament and carnival will be held May 18th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Front field. Featuring games, facepainting, and food, the event will offer fun for both students and community members alike. A dance will also be held for University of Oregon students Friday May, 17th starting at 9:30 p.m. at Lambda Chi Alpha. The jersey themed dance party requires an entry fee of five dollars, and students must have an ID to enter.

Diamond Days isn’t the only time of the year that Womenspace needs help—donations are always welcome, and volunteers are encouraged. To get involved, visit Womenspace, and if you or someone you know is in danger, call (800) 281-2800 for help.

“Its a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by so many strong women who are all there to support and raise awareness for even stronger women than ourselves,” said senior member of Alpha Chi Omega Gabo Ailstock.

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Domestic Violence: Be Aware!

-Rache’ll Brown

The end of Fall marked the end of another Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, which has been celebrated annually since 1987. On campuses around the United States, students endure abuse from their partners regularly. Abuse isn’t just physical—it is emotional as well. When your partner is controlling, demeaning, or threatening toward you, that is abuse. Words can hurt just as much as, or even more than, hands. And just because they apologize doesn’t mean it won’t continue.

According to Click to Empower, one in four women experience domestic violence, which means out of you and three of your best friends, one will most likely be in an abusive relationship. In college, I feel like domestic assault isn’t taken seriously, which is beyond irritating. Growing up, I witnessed domestic abuse first-hand, so I know the impact it has on a woman and the people in her life. I can’t fathom how someone would stay in a relationship where her significant other emotionally or physically abuses her—and I really don’t get how some make excuses for abuse and blame themselves. Although most people think of domestic violence as an issue that primarily impacts women, only 84 percent of victims are female. This is an issue that impacts people of every gender, race, and age. More people should be aware that this is happening.

In the past few years, domestic violence has been huge in the media. From Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood facings charges for attacking her baby-daddy on national TV, to Chris Brown beating down Rihanna in 2009, the entertainment industry shows that anyone can be a victim of spousal abuse. No matter who you are, you can become a victim, and it is important to know that you are not alone.

So if you think a friend may be suffering from an abusive partner, or if you are concerned that you may be in an abusive relationship, check the signs. Also, if you or a person you know is suffering from an abusive relationship, you can call the Womenspace 24-hour hotline at (541) 485-6513. Don’t be afraid to seek help! Remember: domestic abuse is never the victim’s fault, and you do not have to be stuck in a dangerous situation. Whether it is emotional or physical, abuse is abuse.

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