October 17, 2019

Flags placed on campus to raise awareness about domestic violence

Students from the Law & Human Behavior LSTU 115 course braved a cold and rainy day to place 3,000 purple flags in the campus square in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Students from the Law & Human Behavior LSTU 115 course braved a cold and rainy day to place 3,000 purple flags in the campus square in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Students from the Law & Human Behavior LSTU 115 course

Roughly 30 University of Wisconsin-Superior students from the Law & Human Behavior LSTU 115 course braved a cold and rainy day to place 3,000 purple flags in the campus square in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This annual Academic Service-Learning collaboration and community partnership between the LSTU 115 Law & Human Behavior course and the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA), seeks to raise awareness throughout the month of October in an effort to highlight this continuing problem and break the stigma surrounding domestic violence in our communities. Through this project, UW-Superior joins CASDA and the city of Superior in installing purple flags in visible locations throughout the community to raise awareness and show solidarity and support for survivors of domestic violence.

“Staggering and heartbreaking – that is the only way to describe statistics highlighting the continuing pain and suffering caused by domestic violence in our communities,” said Nathan LaCoursiere, UW-Superior senior lecturer, Legal Studies and Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department. “This is an issue communities fail to face openly and honestly and, by extension, our legal systems of civil and criminal justice struggle to find answers to breaking historical cycles of violence.”

During October, CASDA advocates visit UW-Superior and provide in-class training for students in LSTU 115. Tammy Fanning, UW-Superior Title IX Coordinator, also visits the class to address dating violence, provide bystander training and highlight on-campus resources.

Later in the month, LSTU 115 students, along with students from LSTU 365 Race, Class Gender & the Law, will extend further support to CASDA by attending its annual Why Does She Stay community awareness event on Thursday, October 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at VIP Pizza in Superior.

“Many students in LSTU 115 continue on to pursue careers in law, law enforcement, corrections, social work, and psychology – professions impacted greatly by domestic violence,” said LaCoursiere. “This is an important community collaboration for our students because it provides training and awareness relating to this continuing social tragedy, while better preparing them for future careers in law, criminal justice and public service.”

Students from the Law & Human Behavior LSTU 115 course braved a cold and rainy day to place 3,000 purple flags in the campus square in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Students from the Law & Human Behavior LSTU 115 course braved a cold and rainy day to place 3,000 purple flags in the campus square in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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