by MATT ADAMS
October is domestic violence month, a month to raise awareness to defeat the issue, a month to mourn the victims and a month to help survivors. Sigma Delta Sigma hosted a candlelight vigil on Friday, October 9, 2018, in Hayes courtyard to raise awareness, a cause the Deltas built their sorority around.
It was a somber night filled with light as survivors told their stories of domestic violence or of other survivors they knew in their lives. Individuals can be impacted indirectly when they see a loved one suffering from domestic abuse, such as a mom or sibling. In most cases when an individual such as a mom is a victim and their child sees the pain, it is because a mom will protect their children from the same pain. In other cases, it is because moms or aunts or siblings do not how to escape the pain.
Survivors told their stories on Friday night was a way of ensuring other individuals that they are not alone in the battle to stop domestic violence, that they too know what it feels like to be hurt and betrayed by ones you love as you can feel alone and abandoned. These Survivors’ stories were meant to encourage people to see what the abuse is and prevent them from feeling that same pain. It is not easy for individuals to talk in front of a crowd and remember their stories, as they are trying to forget.
The Deltas take pride in their efforts to stop the rising cases of domestic abuse, some of the organization's members came forth and told their story to help others overcome their stories. These individuals have suffered a lot to help others not feel what they did, to not feel what it is like to be sexually abused by a relative or to feel like one of your parents has abused you because they do not love. These cases can take a toll on an individual and leave them paralyzed to their environment.
If you have suffered from the effects of domestic violence, or still are going through domestic abuse please do not hold your story back. There are institutions on campus that are here to help with the effects caused by abuse, do not be afraid to talk to someone about your story. Abuse is an issue that can affect any individual and you are not alone, there are millions of people that have experienced a similar story to yours. It just does not affect children, women, the elderly, men it is capable of affecting everyone. I have suffered from domestic abuse, you are not alone.