Health fair promotes end to violence

BY Joe Dargan

A Domestic Violence resource and health fair will be held on Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the quad area, at East Los Angeles College.

The fair is one of many events organized by the Sexual Assault Awareness Violence Education team, or S.A.A.V.E., in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October.

Promoting health and wellness, a number of booths represented by local business will be featured.

“Everyone from faculty, staff, students and the community, is invited to the event,” Andrea Owens, S.A.A.V.E. co-chairwoman and kinesiology instructor, said.

“We do this to raise awareness about domestic violence in order to end the cycle.”

Owens, who shares leadership of S.A.A.V.E. with sociology professor Eileen Le, said this particular event is the brainchild of health center coordinator, Cecilia Cruz and Calworks’ Maria Rosales.

Other events the organization is responsible for this month included yesterday’s ribbon-making workshop, tomorrow’s Mujeres De Paz event,

which will includes a march from Belvedere Park to ELAC’s campus, Disrupting Masculinity, an event Owens specifically suggested that men should attend, and Trauma and Interpersonal Relationships in the LGBT Population,  occurring later in the month.

S.A.A.V.E., formerly known as the Violence Intervention Team, was created over a decade ago by physical education professor Marilyn Ladd, to shed light on domestic violence and help those affected by it, according to Owens.

The name was changed by Owens and Le in 2013 to better reflect the organization’s values.

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