DALLAS – Feb. 22, 2016 – As part of Dating Violence Awareness Month, hundreds of college students and community members gathered at Southern Methodist University for a Healthy Relationships Forum presented by Mary Kay Inc. and SMU Alpha Chi Omega. During the forum, SMU Alumna and sexual assault survivor Monika Korra shared her powerful story of survivorship and recovery. Following Monika’s remarks, Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, moderated a discussion featuring domestic violence experts, advocates and survivors.
Panel members, including representatives from Mary Kay, loveisrespect, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and Alpha Chi Omega, discussed topics such as support for survivors, fighting assault on college campuses and the role of technology in dating violence. After a question and answer session with the panelists, attendees visited resource tables to gather more information about on-campus resources. Monika Korra also spoke with attendees while signing copies of her new book, Kill the Silence: A Survivor’s Life Reclaimed.
“Mary Kay’s mission is to enrich women’s lives. That simply cannot occur when domestic violence is present,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. “Many of the one in four women experiencing domestic violence in the United States are members of Mary Kay’s independent sales force. Those aren’t just statistics--they are real women who often suffer from unspeakable abuse at the hands of someone they love. It’s completely unacceptable. Mary Kay is trying to do our part to stop violence against women and break the silence surrounding this epidemic.”
To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation have given $50 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.
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