Helping victims to stand up, speak up

October 22, 2019

 

“We want to raise awareness to our students about domestic violence,” said the Campus Life Representative, Yadira Corral.

 

 

Cesar Salas / Tejano Tribune

Selina Saenz, Trial Team Chief/Protective Order Unit, speaking at domestic Violence awareness.

 

 

Students attended the Stand Up, Speak Out event at El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde campus on Wednesday Oct. 16.

 

For more than 7 years the event has taken place during the month of October, since it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

This has been Corral’s second year as coordinator of the event.

 

Educating students about this issue is the main motivation for the “Stand Up, Speak Out,” event. 

 

Organizers seek to make it easier for students to get the help they need if they are in a bad situation. 

 

That includes letting them know about the services they can go to and the resources that they have available to them.

 

“We are all about helping students [and] helping our community, that’s why I think these kinds of events are very important,” Corral said.

 

The event started at 10 a.m. with multiple organizations that offer help to families who have suffered domestic violence, offering information to students about their missions. 

 

La Posada Home, Inc. was one of the organizations there. 
Manager Roxana Escobedo went over the service that they offer.

 

“Here we shelter families who have suffered domestic violence and receive people who do not have a place to go.” 

 

Escobedo explained that they have received about 14 families a day, which is a total of 60 people.

 

Victoria Hunter, Marketing Director of Rescue Mission of El Paso, also gave details about the services they have.

 

They offer help and shelter to families affected by the same problem and give homeless people a place to stay.

 

At noon The Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) made an appearance at the event.

 

First, they showed a video going over two situations where there was violence between a couple. 

 

One was caused by the man, and the other by the woman; showing both can be perpetrators of domestic violence.

 

Finally, Selina Saenz who is part of the El Paso County Attorney’s Office, gave the students information about protective orders. 

 

Saenz explained that a protective order is a court ordered document that can help victims of abuse.

 

This happens by prohibiting an offender of domestic violence from contacting the victim and going near their home, school or job. 

 

She also went over how people can apply, what information is needed, the things that orders can and can’t do.

 

Corral explained “it is not only for students, but it is also reaching out to the community”. She also mentioned how this kind of event has helped people deal with issues they faced with domestic violence.

 

Thanks to this event, people in the community who have suffered because of this issue have a place to get support, share their stories and talk to their peers. 

 

It has also helped students know how to ask for help, know about the services available to them and remember to Stand Up and Speak Up. 

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