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CCC hosts “Domestic Violence Discussion” to promote awareness
CLARKSDALE – In honor of October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Coahoma Community College’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services/Counseling Services joined forces with the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department Thursday to encourage an open discussion about the issue.

CCC hosts “Domestic Violence Discussion” to promote awareness

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Oct 19, 2016

CLARKSDALE – In honor of October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Coahoma Community College’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services/Counseling Services joined forces with the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department Thursday to encourage an open discussion about the issue.

Hosted particularly for CCC female dormitory students, the event offered students the opportunity to hear tales of survival from real-life domestic violence victims.

One of the survivors shared how she left her home and $80,000 per year job as an attorney to move into a shelter to save the lives of herself and her three children.

Another survivor detailed how she was able to move on from an abusive relationship at the age of 18-years-old. Her turning point occurred when  her abuser began using her two-year-old, as “a second punching bag”. She attending college and never looking back.

Those in attendance were able to ask questions and even share their own stories during the event. A table with information and paraphernalia promoting “End the Violence” was also on display.

Organizer Renee’ Sanford, CCC coordinator of counseling services, said she was pleased to see students eager to participate in the discussion.

“Although this forum was promoted specifically to young ladies, it was so good to see a few young men in attendance as well,” said Sanford. “It may sound mind-blogging, but one-in-four men have been a victim of physical brutality by an intimate partner. It’s definitely not just a women issue.”

Sanford said she hopes students are now more aware of domestic violence and know that there is help available if they find themselves in a domestic violence situation.

“Domestic Violence is real and so are resources,” said Sanford. “Help is out there …You are not alone.”

For questions or more information, contact Sanford at (662) 621-4858 or rsanford@coahomacc.edu.

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the event on CCC's Facebook page!