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Students Focus on Domestic Violence in Awareness Photos and Videos
The statistics are startling.
One in three women and one in four men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and right here in Suffolk County more than 7,500 incidents of domestic violence were reported in 2013 according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
“Domestic violence shatters families, leaves loved ones and friends feeling helpless, and tears apart communities,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.
McKay said that according the Center for Disease Control nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or partner at some point in her life.
Now, Suffolk County Community College is joining the effort to raise awareness and help stamp out the scourge of domestic violence during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and is partnering with NOMORE.org, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Executive’s Task Force Against Family Violence and others.
College President McKay joined more than 50 Suffolk County Community College students who were photographed as part of the awareness campaign: No More – Together We Can End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. Several students role played in awareness videos and others, courageous domestic violence survivors, shared their story on camera.
"Education and awareness are the keys to prevention in the future," McKay said.
The stunning student photographs will be displayed throughout Suffolk’s three campuses to raise awareness among the college’s student population, faculty, administration and staff.
The college will be sharing the photos and videos throughout the month on its Facebook (www.facebook.com/sunysflk) page as well as Twitter (SUNYSFLK) and Instagram (SUNYFLK) channels.
The video and photographic series are on the web at:
Video series: (survivor stories and dramatizations)