East student’s senior project focuses on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

COLUMBUS, Ind. – A Columbus East student has started a social media campaign as her senior project to raise awareness linked to the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and is encouraging donations locally to Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.

Columbus East student Celia Schutte chose the issue for her senior project, which also includes a donation drive for items for domestic violence victims.

One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced physical violence from their partners, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. On a state level, the coalition reports that “42.5% of Indiana women and 27.9% of Indiana men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.”

To donate as part of this senior project, individuals may take hygiene items to a drop box at Savory Swine through Dec. 10, or to a live donation event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walmart on 2025 Merchant Mile. Residents can also make financial donations directly to Turning Point.

The senior project has included asking local business owners to display posters advertising the drive. She has also worked with city officials to get a signed proclamation regarding the 16 days of activism and having the Stewart Bridge on Second Street with orange lights at the end of November.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Republic.