More than 50 Cayuga Community College students, faculty, and staff members donned purple attire on October 19 to show support for victims of domestic violence in coordination with the state-wide initiative "Wear Purple Day" and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Criminal Justice (CJ) Club organized this effort on the Auburn Campus.
"I heard about this event through one of my classes," said psychology major Ruth MacPherson of Seneca Falls. "I thought it was important to show support for victims of domestic violence, especially juveniles who often have lots going on that they have to deal with." MacPherson said she expects to graduate in May, hopes to go on for her bachelor's degree at Empire State College, and then pursue a career as a case manager or counselor for juveniles.
Throughout the month of October, CJ Club is selling pins, bracelets, and lollipops to raise money for the Cayuga County Domestic Violence Intervention Program, administered by Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Inc. They also had purple T-shirts made with the text "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" on the back, and are selling those for $12 each. They also sold hotdogs and hamburgers during the lunch hour on October 18. All the proceeds will benefit the local program.
"The students set up a table last week with information and pamphlets about domestic violence," said Professor Teri Misiaszek, CJ Club advisor. "Many students, staff, and faculty stopped by to talk with our students and ask questions, or to show their support for stopping this tragic problem, which unfortunately most of our CJ students will become all too aware of when they become law enforcement officers."
Jennifer Sutton, marketing and development director of Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Inc., stopped by the College Purple Day event and encouraged campus members to visit several local stores and restaurants that were offering a discount to people who wore purple October 19 in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"It's great to see all of these campus members support such an important cause," Sutton said.
This month, CJ Club members will also collect old cell phones to donate to the local Community Action Agency, which sells the phones to a company to be recycled as a fund-raiser. Through a separate partnership with Verizon, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program is able to provide victims of domestic violence with access to phones.
To support the CJ Club's efforts, contact Teri Misiaszek at Misiaszek@cayuga-cc.edu or 315-255-1743, ext. 2427.