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Silent Witness Exhibit Planned October 13 at SWOSU
September 30, 2009
Southwestern Oklahoma State University's Violence Prevention program (VIPER) will host a Silent Witness Exhibit on Tuesday, October 13, on the Weatherford campus.
The exhibit is to recognize October as Domestic Violence and Crime Prevention Month, according to director Wendy Henson.
Representatives from the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA) will be traveling the state throughout October with the exhibit which consists of over 100 red silhouettes representing an Oklahoma man, woman or child who died at the hand of their abuser since 2000. Each silhouette is accompanied by the individual's story of domestic violence. The exhibit will be in the Student Union lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public.
Nationally, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and nearly 20 percent of Oklahoma high school students report dating violence compared to nine percent nationwide( National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2007). Henson said Oklahoma currently ranks 4th nationally for its rate of domestic homicides.
SWOSU's VIPER is designed to work with victims/survivors and to educate the community about domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The VIPER office, located in Stafford 346, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (580) 774-6037.