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Luminaries lit for domestic abuse

October 29, 2015

 

Students gather around the Lady of the Mist to light luminaries to raise awareness for victims of domestic abuse–Photo by Johnathan Shaul

Students gather around the Lady of the Mist to light luminaries to raise awareness for victims of domestic abuse–Photo by Johnathan Shaul

KEIERA BELL

Staff Reporter | klb072@ latech.edu

 

Louisiana Tech’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority joined with the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team to promote domestic violence awareness and pay respects to victims at the third annual Light the Lady event held last Wednesday.

 

Laura Davidson, AXO president, said the Light the Lady event was started by the executive board of AXO three years ago.

 

She said nationally other chapters host their own vigils, and the Tech chapter decided what a great idea it would be to host theirs at the Lady of the Mist.

 

Davis also said they are the only organization to host this event since they came up with the idea and started the fundraiser to benefit DART.

 

“We wanted to give back to a local shelter, and DART is the closest one,” Davidson said. “They are great advocates for this cause, and we are honored to have them come to our event to help raise awareness. So we ask every year and every year they are thrilled to come.”

 

Students light candles to raise awareness for domestic abuse during Light the Lady–Photo by Johnathan Shaul

Students light candles to raise awareness for domestic abuse during Light the Lady–Photo by Johnathan Shaul

One of DART’s founders, Terrie Queen Autrey, was in attendance at the Light the Lady vigil and said it has grown since the first year the event was held.

 

“This is all to bring awareness to Tech’s campus for lives lost and damaged by domestic violence,” Autrey said.

 

Jodie Forsse, a child advocate at DART, also attended the event for the first time.  She works with kids and said it is hard to see them progress through a slow process.

 

She said she also feels she will help with people’s future outcome and wants them to know there are people out there who want to help.

 

“I love that AXO does this event and that college students are helping to put a stop to domestic violence and raising awareness,” Forsse said.

 

Davidson said this event holds a special place in their hearts because it benefits their philanthropy and touches on a subject that is not usually talked about.

 

She said that on a college campus, it seems fitting to educate those who are most likely to suffer from domestic abuse.

 

“We decided that the benefits are worth more and so we continue on every year in hopes of educating more women and men,” said Davidson, a senior elementary education major.

 

She believes every year they create, educate and impact more students across Tech’s campus because in the years she has been here, she has seen this topic grow and become a subject for conversation.

 

Davidson feels the more they promote and let others know the statistics the greater a chance they have of stopping women from staying in a violent relationship because they are aware of the signs.

Luminaries were sold for a dollar by members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority for the Light the Lady event–Photo by Johnathan Shaul

Luminaries were sold for a dollar by members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority for the Light the Lady event–Photo by Johnathan Shaul

 

Maegan Goss, a senior finance major, thinks it is good to bring awareness to campus about domestic violence because it is such a difficult topic to talk about. However, like Davidson, she has noticed domestic violence is not too hard to talk about.

 

Goss has attended the event ever since her freshman year.

 

She feels attending the event will help people know DART is a local thing and can go to them for help instead of dealing with domestic violence by themselves.

 

“I want students to remember that love should never hurt,” Davidson said. “Being in a relationship that tears you down physically, emotionally, or mentally is not okay. You can leave and have a healthy relationship where someone loves you unconditionally. Everyone deserves the right kind of love.”

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