In the mayhem of Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important about the holiday. Love; love for your family, your friends, your partner or anybody you come in contact with at anytime.
A little love goes a long way. Alpha Chi Omega’s Healthy Relationship Week does just that; spreading a little love while educating the student body about the prevalence of Domestic Violence and dating abuse in our community. I discussed with Alpha Chi’s Philanthropy Chair, Madison Myers, about the significance of this week.
“This week is so important because having strong and healthy relationships is such a crucial aspect of our community not only as a chapter but as a campus,” said Madi. “Everyone needs a reminder about what loving behaviors are and which behaviors are problematic and potentially abusive. Unhealthy behaviors in relationships, both romantic and even in friendships, really affects communities in a negative way.”
One statistic that really stood out to Madi is the fact that 43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. It’s an issue that affects everyone and yet is rarely talked about, because it’s an uncomfortable conversation but the Alpha Chi’s want to change that!
“Our goal for the week is to spread information and awareness about the scope of the problem. When problematic behaviors start, they’re often small and most people don’t like to talk about the issue because it’s uncomfortable,” Madi explained, “We want people to know that this is an issue, and it happens more often than people think. If people are more aware about the fact that some of the behaviors they’re experiencing might be unhealthy, they are more likely to potentially seek support and guidance.” If you’re interested in learning more about healthy relationships and Alpha Chi’s philanthropy, you can contact the Beta Pi Chapter on their Instagram or Facebook or even visit their nationals website; alphachiomega.org!
“Support, information, and guidance for anyone who think that they may be in an unhealthy relationship can be found through the Prevention, Education, and Advocacy Center (PEAC),” said Madi, “School counselors are also trained to discuss these kinds of issues, so if you think you might need to talk to someone, contact the health center!”
Thank you to the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega for spreading some love during the Valentine’s week along with educating our campus on an important issue that we all should start talking about more!
Picture from Madison Myers