It’s not always easy to find time to give back to your community but that’s exactly what I did yesterday. Many students including my roommates and I dined at Applebee’s to support rape and domestic violence victims. In fact, my roommate organized the event because he wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. I try to avoid eating out due to a limited budget, but it was nice to socialize with friends and have fifteen percent of our money going to a great cause. Think about what you usually spend your money on. Beer? Clothes? If something tragic happened to you, wouldn’t you want people to care? If you’re interested in making a difference, you still can by visiting the Morgantown Applebee’s on March 11th, April 1st, or April 16th. Hope to see you there!
Here are some eye opening statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center:
- One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
- One in five (21%) women reported she had been raped or physically or sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
- Date rape accounts for almost 70 percent of sexual assaults reported by adolescent and college age women; 38 percent of those women are between 14 and 17 years old.
- Studies suggest that between 3.3 – 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
- On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day.