To raise awareness about domestic violence, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host the Fire and Ice Anti-Domestic Violence Charity Ball.
The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.
All proceeds will be donated to the Bethany House, a long-term shelter for domestic violence victims and their children in northwest Ohio. The Bethany House provides emotional and financial support and gives survivors the time and resources to rebuild their lives.
“This event is important to us because this is something that occurs in our communities that people are afraid to talk about or feel like they have no one to go to,” said Dominique Jenkins, president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Beta Lambda Chapter. “There are a large percentage of students at The University of Toledo who have been victims of domestic violence and it still affects them to this day.”
The ball will include keynote speeches from Kevin Powell, author and activist, and Danielle Haynes, UT sexual assault and domestic violence survivor campus advocate. Both will talk about domestic violence by sharing personal stories and telling students how to spot the signs of domestic violence, as well as how to get help.
“We would like to encourage people to talk about it and not be ashamed or afraid to tell people what they went through in order to stop someone else from going through the same thing,” Jenkins said.
For more information, contact Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.