Last week, the John Carroll community witnessed two flash mobs on campus intended to rally students to take a stand for victims of domestic violence. The flash mobs were organized by the program One Billion Rising, a movement directed by activist Eve Ensler.
The flash mobs were, in fact, an international movement, and John Carroll joined the program through the Violence Prevention and Action Center as well as the JCU Dance Ensemble. The purpose was to unite with one billion others across the world on Valentine’s Day through dance.
Students also coordinated the “Sex Signals” event last week, which addressed relationship violence among teens and college students. Both events were mainly organized by student organizations with the interest of promoting awareness in the John Carroll community.
The support from the administration for both events evidences their genuine commitment to the issue, bringing all around success.
The issue of domestic violence must be addressed thoroughly, and victims should know that John Carroll is a safe campus where they can feel free to share their experiences in a therapeutic setting. These organizations were successful in doing such, because their methods were both engaging and informative.
Students should look to these events as examples of how to highlight similar issues.