Domestic Violence Awareness….

For those collegians and alumnae living in Tallahassee, be sure to check out to Domestic Violence exhibit in Stroizer library

By Doug Blackburn • DEMOCRAT Senior WRITER • Published: March 23. 2011
Strozier Library patrons will have more than friends, Facebook and the occasional homework assignment to focus on during the next three weeks.
An engaging exhibit called See Red was unveiled Tuesday at Florida State University’s main library. It features four crimson mannequins and tells their inter-connected stories as they relate to domestic violence.

“A batterer doesn’t slow down when he sees red,” said Kisha Wilkinson, assistant news director at WTXL-TV and a domestic violence survivor.

Wilkinson, one of three speakers at Tuesday’s press event, shared her horrifying story of being beaten by “the man of my dreams,” her husband. He is serving a 20-year sentence for the violence he inflicted on Wilkinson and her teenage daughter in 2008.”My dream marriage became my nightmare— a nightmare I still remember,” Wilkinson said. “Every time I share this story, the pain does ease up a little. It’s helping me to heal.”

Robin Leach, associate dean of students at FSU, said her office sees the impact of domestic violence on students on a daily basis. FSU’s 24-hour Victim Advocate Program is reporting higher numbers in 2011 than at this time last year, she added.”Thirty-two percent of our students report dating violence by a former partner,” Leach said.

Ghia Kelly, training and community education program director at Refuge House, the Big Bend’s shelter for victims of domestic violence, said her agency is encountering ever younger clients. It’s not unusual for Refuge House to work with middle-school students, she said.
“Dating violence is a huge issue. It’s something we need to talk to our children about,” Kelly said.
Children who witness abuse are twice as likely to become perpetrators or abusers, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and child abuse occurs in 50 to 70 percent of the homes where there is domestic abuse.

See Red is a community awareness program sponsored by Verizon Wireless. The exhibit is located in the Learning Commons on Strozier Library’s first floor, and it will be on display until April 14.

if any one makes it to the show, please be sure to snap a few photos, and we will add them to the blog. Send us an email at axofloridastate {at} gmail {dot} com

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