Members of the Triton College My Roots club/organization, walked around campus sporting black eyes and bruises in an effort to promote the dangers of domestic violence during their first annual event on Nov. 4th.
The event, with an estimated 55 attendees, discussed individual stories about being victims of physically and verbal abuse. Recent talks of violence in the media and celebrity battles were among additional conversations conducted during the meeting. In addition to the discussions, members of the club played videos of victims and performed a short skit and poem entitled “Flowers Today” about a woman who was beaten to death. The make up that was worn was to show how the results of physical abuse looks on both men and women.
Shakana Polk, President of My Roots, indicated that this event is important to get the word out to our young men and women. “1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and 1 in 3 will be murdered by a former partner between the ages of 20-24. Men are also victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults; this needs to be known especially to the younger generation.”, Polk said.
All attendees took pledges to help speak out against domestic violence and to stand up for victims. The club also raised $150 that will be donated to the Purple Purse Organization that helps aid women who have escaped abusive relationships.
The Triton College My Roots club/organization focus is to have individuals get in touch with their past in order to embrace the future. Meetings are open to the campus Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parachute room A.