In recognition of Domestic Violence
Awareness Month, the Center of Domestic Violence is excited to partner with the
campus community to host Love, Sex, Lies: An Intimacy Checkup on October
15 & 16, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm. The annual event screens 1,000 students,
faculty and staff for intimate partner violence and provides vital resources to
those in need. The event will take place in the Tivoli Student Union’s
Multicultural Lounge on the Auraria campus.
Participants complete an anonymous
survey on the dynamics of their current or most recent relationship and have an
opportunity to privately discuss their results with a counselor. Staff from
community-based domestic and sexual violence service organizations, as well as
campus counseling programs, are available to provide additional resources. In
cases where an individual is in an immediate crisis, the Phoenix Center at
Auraria will be on hand to provide in-depth support.
The goal of Love, Sex, Lies
is to provide an opportunity for people who might not typically seek help for
relationship abuse to comfortably access information and assistance. The event
has occurred annually on the campus since 2006 reaching almost 7000 students,
faculty and staff.
“Students have a more difficult time
excelling academically when they’re in an unhealthy relationship,” said Barbara
Paradiso, Director of the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of
Colorado Denver. “People don’t leave their lives behind when they step onto
campus each day, and sometimes abuse or even violence can follow them there,”
The highest rate of intimate partner
violence in the United States takes place among women aged 18-24 (DOJ, 2000).
This is a troubling statistic for the Auraria Campus where 26,496 women - a
majority of which are young, traditional college aged students – go to
school. Nationally, 31% of college students report dating violence by a
previous partner: 21% report violence at the hands of a person with whom they
are currently in a relationship (Sellers and Bromley, 1996). In the context of
one year’s period, more than 13% of college women indicate they have been
stalked, 42% of these by a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend (Fischer, 2000). A 2007
national Campus Sexual Assault Study found 13.7% of college women had been
victims of at least one completed sexual assault since entering college (Krebs,
Lindquist, Warner, 2007).
The LSL event provides a snapshot of
the extent of abuse experienced by students, faculty and staff. At the fall
2012 screening event, 12% of the 100 attendees reported being pushed or shoved
in their current or most recent relationship, 8% reported being hit or punched,
and 6% reported that their partner threatened to kill himself/herself if they
ended the relationship.
For more information about this
year’s Love, Sex, Lies event, please contact Sam Cole at the Center on Domestic
violence at (303) 315-2470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.