Instead of snoozing the day away, seven students did their part to stop domestic violence Saturday morning.
The UT Council on Family Relations and a women's studies class partnered with the Knoxville Family Justice Center to distribute posters around UT campus and the greater Knoxville area.
Casey Cabbage, a marketing and public relations intern for the Justice Center, stated the purpose of the event is simply to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence in the community.
"We see statistics every day about childhood cancer, poverty ... and next to nothing about domestic violence," Cabbage said. "It is my hope that once the community is educated on the issue, they will be more willing to contribute."
Bekah Baird, a child and family studies intern at the FJC and member of UTCFR, was surprised at how receptive the community was to helping distribute the posters.
"Mostly everyone was really nice about it," Baird, a senior in child and family studies, said. "They were like 'Oh yeah, we'll put it up,' ... or 'Oh, we have a board right there you can (put it on).'"
Hanna Kelly, a senior in Spanish and student in the Women in Society class, agreed with Baird.
"People were more receptive ... than I originally thought (they would be)," Kelly said. "Because a lot of places ... won't let you hang anything up."
Taylor Tithof, a junior is psychology, was glad she participated in the event. She said she came out because she wanted to help raise awareness about the FJC and all that it has to offer, calling the organization an important one for needy women.
"I think volunteer work like this is important because it gets the community involved in important issues such as domestic abuse awareness and prevention," Tithof said. "This was an eye-opening experience for me, and one that I feel very lucky to have been a part of."
As an organizer of the event, Cabbage said she hoped the participants become much more aware of the statistics of domestic violence and how it can affect a community.
"I also hope they are able to learn more about the signs of domestic violence so that they can easily recognize it, and together we can start decreasing the frequency of it," Cabbage, a sophomore in international business, said.
Amy Dilworth, executive director of the FJC, challenged the community to take a stand against domestic violence.
"One in four women (is) impacted by domestic violence in her lifetime, and one in 13 men ... we all will either be impacted personally or know someone who is impacted," she said. "... As a community and as individuals, are we willing to turn a blind eye to this now that we are aware of its existence?"
"Tennessee is third in the nation for women murdered by men. When will we, as a community, say 'enough is enough, we will not tolerate violence in our homes any longer'?"
The Knoxville Family Justice Center can be contacted at (865) 215-6800, liked on Facebook and followed on Twitter at @knoxvillefjc.