To increase awareness against domestic violence, we, alongside many of our fellow students, stand in solidarity with the victims by placing tape over our mouths and holding up statistics on posters. Our presence is not meant to promote comfort in students, professors, and other people passing by; rather, we aim to educate. Some of disconcerting statistics are:
- Domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors.
- One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
- Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.