Illinois Wesleyan University to Host Silent Witness Display

Silent Witness
Silent Witness displays feature the true stories of men, women and children who have suffered abuse at the hands of a partner, spouse or parent.

Oct. 29, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University will host the Illinois Silent Witness Display, a memorial exhibiting stories of domestic abuse, Nov. 11-13 at several locations across campus.

Created in 1990 by a group of women artists and writers, the Silent Witnesses Initiative draws attention to victims of domestic abuse throughout the world. The displays consist of life-sized red silhouettes that share the true stories of men, women, and children who have experienced abuse at the hands of a spouse, partner or parent. The goal of the Silent Witnesses Initiative is to eliminate domestic abuse homicides by 2020.     

Illinois Wesleyan’s Counseling and Consultation Services at (309) 556-3052 provides safe and confidential counseling in times of struggle. The Neville House also provides local resources and support to women and children suffering from family violence, and can be reached 24 hours a day at (309) 827-7070.

The Silent Witness displays are sponsored by the IWU Sexual Assault Task Force, the IWU Counseling and Consultation Services, the Division of Student Affairs, and Students Organizing Campus Awareness (SOCA). For additional information regarding the exhibit, contact Assistant Dean of Students Matthew Damschroder at (309) 556-3113.