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C of I to host domestic violence awareness event

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Canyon County Domestic Violence Task Force and The College of Idaho have collaborated to create “Why Hope?” a public awareness event that focuses on the journey victims of violence take as they move toward hope and happiness.  The event is set for Oct. 14 and 15 inside the Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.

The program for Friday, Oct. 14 begins at 2 p.m. and includes “Like Father Like Son,” a music video tribute depicting crime scene photos of Canyon County domestic violence victims in contrast with current photos of those same women that depict their hope and healing. Guests will also see “Voices of Hope,” a reader’s theater performance based on the forthcoming anthology Voices of Hope:  Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence, co-authored by College of Idaho alumna and current Women’s and Men’s Center director Pamela Cathay. The performance features the voices of nine women and men who have experienced relationship violence and emerged as stronger and more compassionate people.

Activities on Saturday, Oct. 15 begin at 11 a.m. with the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” march through the streets of Caldwell to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.  A barbecue lunch is scheduled for noon, followed by the “In Her Shoes” workshop, which simulates the obstacles victims of domestic violence encounter while trying to end the cycle of violence.  Repeat performances of “Like Father Like Son” and “Voices of Hope” will conclude the afternoon.

Through this public event, the task force and C of I hope to promote greater public awareness and education about the impact domestic violence has on families and our community. For more information, please contact Denise Himes, victim witness unit chief for the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, at (208) 880-3690 or dhimes@canyonco.org.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.