To bring awareness to domestic violence, Union College will host an event later this month featuring a survivor and her story.
The event, “Conversations With a Survivor,” will be Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Patridge Campus Center, conference rooms A, B and C on Union’s campus. There will be a dinner beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a speaker and then a question and answer period with panelists. The event is free to a limited number of guests, so reservations are required.
The featured speaker for the evening is Revelle Berry, a domestic violence survivor. Following her story, a panel of field experts will answer questions from the audience. At the end of the evening, a candlelight vigil is planned in remembrance of those who have lost their lives because of domestic violence.
Jodi Carroll, one of the organizers of the event, encouraged the public to attend and join in the conversation, because even though domestic violence is a very well-kept secret, everybody knows someone who is impacted by it.
“Those who perpetrate it wish to avoid prosecution and other social consequences. Those who are victimized are made to feel ashamed by an often less than adequate response by loved ones,” said Carroll. “In fact, one out of three women is a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. And domestic violence impacts people from every walk of life. Keeping the secret helps to perpetuate more domestic violence.”
The event is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A proclamation signed earlier this month by both Union College and Knox County officials declared it locally. It is recognized nationally as well.
Child care will be available at the event through Union College’s Common Partners program. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact Dana Brown with the Christian Appalachian Project at 606-392-1101