By Noah Shoaf
A campaign centered on testimonies of love hit the BYU-Hawaii campus during the week of Oct. 1, aimed at ending the cycle of domestic and dating abuse.
“Yes we get angry and annoyed, but when you begin to see a cycle that repeats itself where you don't want this to be in the relationship, break the pattern, break the cycle,” said Sister Jane Beuhring, a senior missionary who serves at the Title IX office.
The "End the Cycle" week was created because BYUH Title IX, an organization on campus that seeks to create a healthy environment for all, produced a 10-minute video and they said they wanted an outlet to promote the video's message.
The week officially began with a campaign called, “Hands are made for..,” formally know as the Purple Hand Initiative. For this initiative, volunteers painted students hands purple at various booths around campus. With their purple hands, students created an imprint and wrote on them what hands are made to do. Some people said their hands were made for serving, loving, and caring.
Video By Kelsy Simmons
Earl “Torch” Morris, director of campus security, spoke at a forum aimed at preventing abuse on Oct. 2 in the Aloha Center. He said lived in a home where his father was abusive. Even though Morris left the abusive environment when he was 16, the effects of his father’s abuse still influence his actions. Morris posed the question during his forum,
“Are you the guiding light that helps break the cycle or are you a part of the cycle?”
Earl "Torch" Morris discussed how abuse affected his personal livelihood on Oct. 2 at the "Break the Cycle" forum. Photo by Cameron Gardner
It was “Purple Day” for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 3. To spread awareness on how common abuse can be, people wear the color purple. Amelia King, a senior from Tonga majoring in social work, said her goal this week was to have everyone be aware of abuse and realize it needs to stop.