The 46th Student Senate hosted END Domestic Violence Strike Out Showcase, to raise awareness about domestic violence in the African American community, Friday, in Lee Hall Auditorium.
The purpose behind the Strike Out showcase intended to present to the community and student body an entertaining way to raise awareness about epidemics that affect the black community. In the past the showcase has raised awareness about issues such as, diabetes, police brutality and now domestic violence.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 53 percent of victims of domestic violence are abused by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
Strike Out Showcase chair and Student Relations Committee Chair (SRC) Rakhem Ford, provided insight on the committee's decision for choosing to raise awareness about domestic violence.
“It was something different it was something new… This year's awareness is something we haven’t done in a while or haven’t ever done and it's very prominent in our community.”
Back in 2014 when the Strike Out Showcase first premiered on the hill it was called, “The Coleman Library Showcase.” The Coleman Showcase was intended to raise money for the library. According to Previous Strike Out Chair Victor Chrispin, after funding was no longer needed for the library the committee decided to change it to what is now known as the strikeout showcase.
Phi Mu Alpha, Addiction and ReKonstruction were just a few of the student organizations that performed at the showcase. Performers were challenged to incorporate this year’s domestic violence theme within their performance. “Even through entertainment you’re constantly seeing or hearing the message,” said Chrispin.
For some students, this theme hit closer to home. JaKela London, student Senator better known as “Hollywood” gave a testimonial about her experiences with domestic violence towards the end of the event.
London is passionate about tonight’s showcase because she is a victim of child abuse and witnessed domestic violence growing up in her home. “I’ve been going through my healing process for years now and I’ve finally healed now I think it’s about time to share my story, because someone needs to hear it.” said London.
“This is more than just a showcase night, but a night to share their story to help others overcome their past.” She went on to say, “I Just want to be able to touch someone in the audience who may have similar experiences.”
The annual Strike Out Showcase is free for all students and open to the community. Committee member and student Senator, Chris Miller said, “I expect to get a better understanding of what domestic violence is and how it affects the community as a whole.”