The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, October 25, 1995, Page 2, Image 2

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    Domestic violence campaign increases awareness
Lora Wahrgren
and Megan Friedow
Staff Writers
Are you - or is someone you
know - a victim of domestic vio­
lence?
You may not even realize
what domestic violence is.
If you have ever experienced
or been threatened with physical
harm, been sexually assaulted,
been afraid of your husband or
someone you have dated, backed
down from an argument in fear
of another persons anger, or had
sex when you did not want to be­
cause you were afraid, then you
have been victimized.
President Clinton has de­
clared October the month for Do­
mestic Violence awareness.
A national campaign has
been organized to help the public
become more aware of the vio­
lence against women. The Body
Shop, the Young Women’s Chris­
tian Association (YWCA), and
Outward Bound USA are all par­
ticipants in educating the public.
Outward Bound is a program
that is set up for survivors of do­
mestic violence. With the YWCA
being around for over 90 years, it
has a lot of successful power to
help victims of domestic violence.
The passing of the Crime Bill
in 1994 allowed shelters and or­
ganizations to get financial sup­
port to help fund community pro­
grams. The goal of this current
campaign is to urge Congress to
live up to its commitment, by pro­
viding the full 1.6 billion dollars
in federal funding over six years,
including the $306,650,000 that
was promised for programs to
stop violence against women in
the next fiscal year. This goal has
not been met and these facilities
are still struggling.
Anita Roddick, founder of
the Body Shop Inc., has added the
support of her company to the
campaign.
“Women want to be free to
choose from the same range of
options that men take for
granted," Roddick said. "In our
quest for equal pay, equal access
to education and opportunities,
we have made great strides. But
until women can move freely and
think freely in their homes, on the
streets, in the work place without
the fear of violence, there can be
no real freedom.”
One way that the Body Shop
helped this effort was by having
customers sign post cards to Newt
Gingrich and Bob Dole. This will
enable Congress to realise that
there is still a need for funds all
across America. The campaign
was held Oct. 8-20, but even
though it is over the public needs
photo by Tim Countryman
Retired Costa Ricans on exchange visit the ELC with Cariota Holley as their guide.
ELC hosts 'Autumn Open House1
Pamela Sirianni
Staff Writer
The Environmental Learning
Center is presenting its “Autumn
Open House” this Saturday, from
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The theme for this open
house is Fall Harvest Halloween.
The open house will be a great
opportunity to meet the new Ex­
ecutive Director of the ELC,
Vaughn Brown.
The entire Environmental
Learning Center will be open for
tours and to answer questions.
Sandy Fox, board of directors
member for the ELC, says that
this will be a great opportunity to
leapt about the “new” ELC.
There will be a description of the
types of memberships and their
benefits to members and ELC.
There will be a Birds of Prey
show at 2:30 p.m. This show will
introduce several species of rap­
tors that reside at the John Inskeep
Environmental Learning Center’s
Birds of Prey facility. Everyone
will have the opportunity to meet
Arapahoe, the new Golden Eagle.
The tour of ELC will be ex­
panded to the Native Plants Nurs­
ery, which will be open with many
plants available to purchase.
The Composite Lumber Shop
will be open with a display of
materials and products made from
recycled materials. See the new
composite lumber picnic benches.
The Haggart Memorial Ob­
servatory, the only year round
public observatory in Oregon, will
be open. The construction of
Haggart Observatory began in the
summer of 1988 and was finished
and opened in time for the solar
eclipse on March 7,1989. If you
have not seen the observatory this
will be a good time to see what it
is like.
A light buffet, sponsored by
Lacey’s Bomber Catering, will be
served in the Lakeside Education
Hall. RSVP 657-6958 ext. 2351.
The members of ELC en­
courage everyone to come see
what is new at their facilities.
They will be there to answer ques­
tions and describe their programs.
The Clackamas Print Staff
Editor-in-Chief: Chad Patteson (Ext. 2576)
Managing Editor: Amy K. Hanson (Ext. 2576)
Feature Editor: Jon Roberts (Ext. 2578)
Sports Editor: Jesse Sowa (Ext. 2578)
Photography Editor: Josh Kehler (Ext. 2578)
Copy Editor: Vicki Welch (Ext. 2578)
Opinion Editor: Brendon Neal (Ext. 2576)
Business Manager: Cori Kargei (Ext. 2578)
♦ ♦♦♦
Staff Writers/Photographers:
Eric Eatherton, Dan Anderson, Megan Friedow,
Lora Wahrgren, Linda Barr Batdorf, Andrew Beck,
Pamela Sirianni, Paul Ulmen, Lisa Marie,
Ryan Humphris, Dylan T. Hutter
Secretary: JoAnne Gale (Ext. 2309)
Advisor : Linda Vogt (Ext. 2310)
The Clackamas Print aims to report the news in an honest, unbiased, pro­
fessional manner. The opinions expressed in The Clackamas Print do not necessarily
reflect those of the student body, college administration, its faculty orThe Clackamas
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necessarily endorsed by anyone associated with The Clackamas Print. The Clacka­
mas Print is a weekly publication distributed every Wednesday except for finals week.
to know that the problem isn’t
solved and that this campaign is
only the beginning of the educa­
tion process.
U.S. Department of Justice
statistics show that three out of
four women will be victims of vio­
lence in their lifetime. Physical
violence is the most obvious form
of abuse. It can range from push­
ing and shoving, to hitting, beat­
ing, rape and murder. It can hap­
pen in the home, on the streets-
anywhere. Every nine seconds a
woman is physically abused. It
continues today, partly because it
is tolerated and even has been
condoned for centuries.
A major misconception is
that violence only happens to cer­
tain people of low income and
lack of education. Violence does
not discriminate. According to
Health Response Ability Systems,
two to four million incidences
occur every year.
Men can be victims of bat­
tering, but 95 percent of victims
are women, according to U.S. Jus­
tice Department statistics. Many
of these studies further confirm
that more than one million
women seek medical assistance
every year for injuries caused by
battering.
"Battery is America’s great­
est problem - probably worse than
breast cancer,” says Anne Jones
in her book, Next Time She'll Be
Dead.
In addition to being victim­
ized by obvious physical violence,
women are also frequently victim­
ized by other forms of abuse and
control. These contributing fac­
tors, such, as emotional psycho­
logical abuse, sexual harassment
and rape, continue to degrade and
promote the isolation of women.
There is a wide range of tac-
tics to undermine and lower
women’-s self esteem. Abusive
language, insults, humiliation in
front of others, emotional black­
mail, financial abuse and accusa­
tions of blame disempower
women, especially women with
children.
Domestic violence affects
children, and research shows that
battering is a learned behavior.
Twenty percent of survivors' chil­
dren are injured during an assault
on the mother.
One study shows that as
many as 80 percent of abusive
males grew up in homes where
they saw, or were victims of physi­
cal, emotional, or sexual abuse.
As a result of continuing
abuse, women suffer psychologi­
cal and emotional damage.
Sexual harassment humili­
ates, intimidates, and embarrasses
the victim. It can be anywhere
from verbal, sexist remarks, to
obscene phone calls or sexual
propositions. Studies estimate
that 20 to 30 percent of women
experience some form of sexual
harassment while in college, yet
only 2 out 3 percent ever report
these instances.
Sexual assault is another
way of demeaning people. It can
take the form of spousal rape, in­
cest, date rape, or acquaintance
rape. According to a criminol­
ogy study by Koss, Woodruff and
Koss, only 5 percent of college
women who are raped report the
incident even though 90 percent
know their attacker.
Any form of abuse, no mat­
ter what sex the victim is, should
not be tolerated anywhere. Edu­
cating the public and addressing
violence problems will hopefully
help promote awareness and
make a change for a better
America.
If YPU haye questions or
would like further information
about shelter programs, contact
any of these hotline numbers: the
YWCA resource center, 294-
7444; the Portland Women's Cri­
sis Hotline, 235-5333; Metro Cri­
sis, 223-6161; the YWCA
Vancouver, (360) 395-0501; and
Alcoholics Anonymous, 223-
8569.
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