Maria Alejandra Rey
During the Escalation workshop on April 6, a One Love Foundation initiative showed case the importance of recognizing the initial signs of an abusive relationship, in a movie with a real life scenario in which a college student’s relationship escalated from sweet to abusive, and how the signs went unnoticed by her close circle of friends and her family, until the relationship becomes deadly. The presentation and discussion was led by two student senators; Vice President Kim Weber and University Partnership Representative Felicia Densmore. The goal of the workshop was to highlight the importance of virtual boundaries and seeking help, as well as giving the resources to do so.
“It’s important for college students to know about this after all the statistic show that they are of the most affected groups,” said Weber. One in three women, 36 percent, in the United States have experienced partner violence, and 47 percent of all female victims and 39 percent male victims experienced this kind of violence were between the ages of 18 and 24; making college aged people one of the most vulnerable demographics for partner violence, according to information from National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
Lorain County Community College offers many resources to help people who find themselves in abusive relationships, affirms Densmore, who shared an experience she had using one of the resources in this case was the app, LiveSafe, she recognizes the effectiveness of it and how students and faculty members can help their co-workers and classmates through it. Sending text, audios, pictures or videos, as tips to alert campus security to step up and investigate or intervene depending on the situation.