On Feb. 12 and 13, UM’s Freshman Forum hosted Be My Vallo Valentine outside of Anna Irvin Dining Hall. The event was aimed at selling candy grams to raise money for SafeHouse of Shelby County, an organization dedicated to offering aid and counseling to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Domestic violence is a major issue in the U.S., and according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men will be victims of intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime. Some might be wondering how one categorizes domestic and sexual violence. SafeHouse defines domestic abuse as “a pattern of behavior in any relationship used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, including any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.” This behavior usually happens within cycles where a victim is abused, and then the relationship stabilizes, appearing happy and normal as the aggressor may “changes” for the better. However, these intervals are usually followed by increased tension and abuse. This situation can play out over months, or it can go through a whole cycle in the course of a day. Despite common beliefs that say otherwise, domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of one’s age, gender, sexual orientation, education level, socioeconomic status or religion. Abuse also occurs in...Read More
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