31 Jan

Violence Awareness Day

Every year on January 31st, alpha Kappa Delta Phi observes Violence Awareness Day in honor of our fallen sister, Valerie Diane Zavala. Valerie was a proud sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi at San Jose State University and brought with her a constant cheerfulness, bright smile, tight hugs, and contagious laugh that could brighten up your day. She was raised in San Jose, California and attended Fillmore High School, where she was an honor student, a cheerleader, held a position in student council and participated in many school activities. She had many aspirations to use her warmth, compassion and knowledge to teach third grade students.

Valerie was violently taken from us in a brutal murder on January 1, 2003, while returning home from a New Year's Eve party. Eventually, Valerie's murderer was charged with attempted rape and first-degree murder (story can be found here). In honor and memory of her, alpha Kappa Delta Phi observes Violence Awareness Day, with hopes of preventing other women from being victims of senseless acts of violence. We encourage all sisters to wear baby blue and purple ribbons on January 31st. Baby blue was Valerie's favorite color and the color purple is to help promote violence and abuse awareness.

#aKDPhiSaysNOMore Campaign

The alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. has aligned with the NO MORE campaign. Our hope is to engage all of our sisters to take a stand against this type of violence. NO More is a public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and foster greater dialogue, NO More seeks to break social stigma, normalize the conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, and increase resources to address these urgent issues.

Take action & join us as #aKDPhiSaysNOMore:

Below are the many ways you can join in:

  • Create a NO More Social Media Post
    1. Take a picture of yourself with the following NO More Sign after writing what you’d like to say NO More to
    2. Post it on social media with the hashtags: #aKDPhiSaysNoMore and #aKDPhiNAA
  • Create a NO More FB profile picture: Twibbon
  • Take the NO More pledge: http://nomore.org/takethepledge/
  • Continue to learn more and help spread violence awareness.

Want to learn more?

Violence Awareness Day may only be one day, but the struggle to end violence is never ending. This is why we are encouraging you all to continue to help spread violence awareness all year around. People need to be aware that this is a serious issue and if we don't take action, the cycle of violence will never end.  To learn more about how you can get help for yourself and/or others, please see the appropriate section below. 

The NO More Week of Action - March 6th - 12th
This week is a national grassroots activation aimed at making domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round. Everyone can play a role in ending domestic violence and sexual assault, and that’s what NO MORE Week of Action is really about! Sponsored by Mary Kay, NO MORE Week of Action (March 6th-12th) invites you to take action to help end domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA). This day-by-day guide shows you how.

Abusive Relationships
To learn about how to help someone in an abusive relationship or to get help for yourself, contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Rape & Sexual Violence
For more information on rape and sexual violence services, contact RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) or by secure, online private chat here. For teens and youth, please call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522 or live chat at www.loveisrespect.org.

Male Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
To find more information regarding male survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, please see Men Can Stop Rape’s Resources for Male Survivors. Men who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood, family members, friends and partners of men who may have had those experiences can also use the 1in6 Online Support Line - a free, confidential, and secure service - to get help.

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