PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College football team will have Domestic Violence Awareness Night during their game against Malone on Saturday (Oct. 21).
The football program is partnering WomenSafe, a local organization based out of Chesterland, Ohio. WomenSafe is a non-profit organization that provides free support to anyone experiencing violence in their home or dating relationship. This includes comprehensive programming for adults and children including counseling, art therapy, court advocacy, hospital advocacy, outreach services and aftercare. WomenSafe offers all services completely free of charge. The mission of WomenSafe is to provide emergency shelter and resources to survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio.
Head Coach Gerald Hazzard said "Relationship violence is often looked at as a "female" issue. It is very important that we talk to our daughters about how to stay safe but every incident has a victim and an abuser. It is extremely important that we teach our sons and the men in our program how to treat women. Those of us that are in a position to influence young men have an obligation to talk to our players about key social issues and do everything in our power to teach them right from wrong. Our new partnership with WomenSafe is a key step in giving our players the tools to become great men when they graduate.
The Storm will be wearing purple ribbons on their helmets to show their support of the WomenSafe organization and to stand up against domestic violence.