Three Students Attend Event Aimed Against Domestic Violence

Jacqueline Pisani
Three Kingswood Oxford students, Ian Britt ‘18, Ben Tauber ‘18 and Ryan Goss ‘18 attended an event at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCAD) on Monday, May 8 in Wethersfield. Established in 1978, the CCAD provides critical support to victims including counseling, support groups, emergency shelter, court advocacy, safety planning and lethality assessment.
Dean of Students, Will Gilyard, approached the students to see if the three boys wanted to be  included in this effort. The students did not hesitate. Britt said, “We said, “Yes, absolutely”. We don’t support domestic violence. It’s a good thing to stand up against it and be vocal.” At the event, the attendees had to chose a slogan starting with the words “I Choose”. Britt said he selected “I Choose to Stand Up Against Violence” because it fits best with whom he is. “I wanted my slogan to be broader so that I could reach more people.” The group were then videotaped with their slogans in a green room.
Britt sited that domestic violence is a serious problem that is on the rise. “It’s very important that we have young leaders who speak out against it. As a community leader, I believe it will help people to think twice before they do it. I want to be a positive role model.”
Britt said that the group wants to raise the issue with the school community, have a person speak on campus and share their personal experience. “It’s definitely become a big problem. If we can prevent some of this from happening, I would love to be a part of an effort like that.”
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