Domestic violence: Get out, get help

Some of the most terrible scars can’t be seen. Domestic abuse — whether physical, verbal or emotional — occurs every day, doing irreparable damage to people’s lives. If you see somebody who you know or think is a victim of domestic violence, it is your duty to speak out.

On Tuesday, CSU students organized a flash mob to increase awareness about domestic violence. College students in particular are at high risk for being involved in relationships with domestic violence. Our age group is more likely to be involved with somebody who is emotionally controlling and not realize exactly what’s happening.

Students need to be aware of the risk and be willing to speak up if it’s happening to you or if it seems like it’s happening to somebody you know. Speak out and tell them where there are resources on campus, like the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, which also has a counselor that’s there specifically for men.

Domestic violence can affect anybody, and you don’t have to feel alone. There are plenty of resources on campus and in the community that are willing to help, all you have to do is reach out to them.

There is no reason to stay with anybody who mistreats you. Love doesn’t have to come at the expense of your body, mind or heart. Get out. Get help. You deserve better than that. Stand up against domestic violence — speak out to save a friend.