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“Stories of Survival” exhibit is coming to the Colorado Mesa University ballroom on April 6–8. “Stories of Survival” comes from Breaking Silence, a Denver-based nonprofit organization.


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Stories of survival

Heartbreak and tragedy are the first words that resonate with me when I think about violence in relationships. Violence can happen between spouses, intimate partners, parents and children and even among family members who happen to live in the same household.

The reality of such heartbreak is often easy to overlook and sometimes excuse. It takes courage to overcome our natural human instinct to be an onlooker or passerby of relationship violence. Sometimes that courage is packaged in the idea of volunteering as a victim advocate or intervening between a couple arguing at the grocery store.

I would like you to package the courage into taking 45 minutes out of your day to visit the “Stories of Survival” exhibit coming to the Colorado Mesa University ballroom on April 6–8. “Stories of Survival” comes from Breaking Silence, a Denver-based nonprofit organization. The exhibit immerses patrons into the stories of survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Most of us don’t want to spend time peeling back the layers of such a cringe-worthy topic, but I encourage you to think of the CMU students who have to live every minute of their lives with the reality that they survived one of these types of violence.

For those of you interested in digging deeper into these issues, the Domestic Violence Task Force will host the annual Domestic Violence Prevention Academy at CMU on April 6 and 7, coinciding with the exhibit. Faculty, staff and students may register for the multidisciplinary academy at no cost at regonline.com/dvacademy2015. Among this year’s speakers is New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown.

I look forward to seeing some great participation at both the academy and in the exhibit.

If you would like more information about promoting diversity, advocacy and health at CMU, please contact me at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu, extension 1765 or stop by Albers Hall.

A column by Danny Sandoval

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