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Hanging abuse out to dry

PUHI — Kauai Community College student Tracy Kuhaulua thinks the YWCA campaign is very important. 

Monday, she paused between classes to create a T-shirt for the Clothesline Project that launched the YWCA of Kauai Week Without Violence — part of the monthlong observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“The shirt is not important — the message is,” Kuhaulua said. “There are so many who hide, and we need to let people know that they don’t have to go alone with the pain. There are so many who support them — whether they’re victims of domestic abuse, bullying, or whatever — we are here.”

Bethany Compton, a member of the Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force and a board member for the YWCA of Kauai, said the Clothesline Project will continue through Thursday.

The project will be in front of the student center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. Wednesday and Thursday, the project moves to The One Stop Center where it will be available from noon until 2:30 p.m.

Compton said one of the highlights of the Week Without Violence is the annual Candlelight Vigil at the St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Week Without Violence concludes with the Kumu Hina film at 7 p.m. Friday in Hanalei.

Renee Hamilton, director of the YWCA of Kauai, said joining the Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the YWCA is also observing the Allstate Purple Purse Campaign throughout the month.

The campaign highlights how financial abuse can trap victims in abusive homes.

“Every year, women lose 8 million days of paid work because of the abuse perpetrated against them by current or former male partners. This loss is equivalent to more than 32,000 full-time jobs,” Hamilton said.

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