“If you go back, he’s gonna kill you,” said Werkernu Kingston, Montgomery College student.
The seriousness of domestic violence struck Werkernu Kingston when she learned a close friend was in a dangerous relationship.
“A lot of people go through it, and that’s not something I was aware of,” said Kingston.
Now she’s spreading the word to students, teachers and staff at Montgomery College as part of a class project.
“The Clothesline Project is a visual representation of violence against women,” said Joanne Bagshaw, professor of psychology.
T-shirts with personal testimonies and advice hang throughout the campus.
“One of the things I said was, ‘Take control of myself,’ because a lot of these women are in relationships where they are controlled, or men too,” said Yoana Rodriguez, Montgomery College student.
While statistically speaking, women are at a higher risk, Professor Bagshaw said men also need to be educators and role models.
Females between 20 and 24 years old are at the greatest risk of nonfatal partner violence, so Professor Bagshaw said exposing college students to these statistics is vitally important.
“If we think about the statistics, one out of every four women is a victim of domestic violence, then of course, Montgomery College students are also affected,” said Bagshaw.
Kingston said she’s extremely camera shy, but the thought of helping educate victims on partner violence, encouraged her.
“It’s not right for anyone to put their hands on anyone else to try to hurt them, in any way, shape or form,” said Kingston.
“If you’re in a [violent] relationship, what I want to say is, it’s not your fault,” said Bagshaw.