By Elizabeth Welz
Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
Fempower hosts event to shed light on domestic violence
Last Thursday, October 29, BenU’s Fempower hosted their Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil in honor of domestic violence month.
The event was formed to help create awareness about sexual, physical, and emotional violence that can occur in a relationship.
“About 12 people came, and though the turn out was small, everyone left with the takeaway that bystander or victim, speaking up is the only way to prevent domestic violence from happening,” said junior Cecelia Do, secretary of Fempower. “It’s important to speak up when it comes to domestic violence because silence doesn’t yield action and change.”
During the event, two domestic violence survivors shared their experiences.
“The speakers at the vigil were domestic violence survivors themselves, and so the stories and experiences they shard were personal and moving,” said junior Tanu Nair, president of Fempower. “They highlighted some key features to a victim’s experience: trying to pretend that a relationship is working, not reporting assault in fear of not being believed, and trying to leave the same relationship multiple times before finally doing so.”
Everyone who attended the event left with an important message from listening to the speakers.
“An important take away message that both Meggie and Alexandra left us with was that it is important to support a victim in whatever choices they make to deal with their situation. They are just looking for support, not judgement,” said Nair.
The event also hosted two students from Plainfield North High School. These students came in honor of Sue Triplett, a teacher who died due to domestic abuse from her husband.
“The event was very eye-opening and emotional because two students attended and spoke about their teacher who just died from domestic abuse. Her name was Mrs. Triplett. It was sad seeing them go through their loss,” said sophomore Michelle Piasecki.
Although the event was small, it opened eyes to domestic violence to students, faculty and staff at Benedictine University and showed the importance of speaking up for the victims.