Hundreds of totes, one cause

Weeks of on-campus donations led by the League of Social Scientists, the Child Development Club, and the Student Leadership Council resulted in a presentation from SafePath Survivor Resources over the topic of domestic violence on October 30th.

When all was said and done, Black Hawk students were able to raise 326 totes to donate to SafePath, which has facilities in Davenport, Moline, and Muscatine.

Becky Lorentzen, the Community Relations Manager for Family Resources, and Melody Williams, a volunteer coordinator for SafePath Survivor Resources, represented the organization and accepted the bags with gratitude.

SafePath Survivor Resources provides services for men, women, and children of any age who are “survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.” They provide countless forms of assistance that range from an emergency crisis line 24/7 to housing services for immediate shelter.

For students who were able to attend the lecture, it’s no cliché that we all learned something new that day. Some of the statistics were immensely alarming; for instance, one out of every four U.S. women has been assaulted by their intimate partner.

Lorentzen and Williams also revealed

“domestic violence related police calls constitute the single largest category of calls received. A woman is battered every nine seconds.”

What the presentation did not touch on was how often men were abused in the relationship. However, regardless of gender, the types of abuse that could occur are not only physical, sexual, or verbal. Williams informed that abuse could also come in forms of neglect, stalking, financial/economic, emotional or even spiritual.

Although the tote drive is over, there are still opportunities available if you would like to make a bigger difference in the life of someone who is battling abuse. More information can be found at www.famres.org or you could contact Becky Lorentzen at 563-468-2140 to get involved.

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