CLARION, Pa., April 1- According to the Centers for Disease Control, domestic violence is a health problem.
This problem affects more than 32 million Americans , or over 10 percent of the population.
A.S.I.A or Asian Students Integrated Association recognizes the many issues around the world especially within the Asian culture.
A.S.I.A. wants to provide an outlet for Asian students on campus to work through many of the basic problems and confrontations affecting Asian students in a white academic institution.
They will officially end their personal hygiene donation on April 2, according to an e-mail sent out last week.
Clarion student Sarita Morrison, the president of A.S.I.A, is collecting these donations for Stop Abuse For Everyone, or S.A.F.E, which is a human rights organization.
S.A.F.E. provides services, publications and training to serve those who typically fall between the cracks of domestic violence services.
Morrison, a senior at Clarion University said,
“The idea for this was bought about after White Day.”
White Day in Japan, what we know as Valentine’s Day, is observed by females who present chocolate gifts either store-bought or handmade, usually to a male, as an expression of love, courtesy or social obligation.
The handmade chocolate is usually preferred by the receiver, because it is a sign that the receiving male is the girl’s “only one.”
On White Day, the reverse happens:
Males who received a gift on Valentine’s Day return the favor by giving gifts, usually more expensive ones.
Popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, white lingerie and marshmallows.
The A.S.I.A. organization is trying to get stronger and get more involved with the community, Morrison said.
Domestic abuse is a big thing especially in Asia.
Domestic abuse is a well known problem in the United States, and everyone is encouraged to help.
“Males are not only the abusers but are abuse victims also, therefore the donations that come from a male are even more encouraging,” she states.
Being that the donations will be ending in a few days, she believes this is a serious matter and the entire student body is encouraged to donate.
S.A.F.E. promotes services for all victims and accountability for all perpetrators.
For people who find themselves in a situation relating to abuse S.A.F.E. is a place you can turn too, the question is can they turn to them.
A.S.I.A. meets on every other Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Multi Purpose Room in Gemmell. Donations can be given to the president of A.S.I.A Sarita Morrison.