College students raise awareness for International Women's Day

By Amy Lipman

March 8, 2013 Updated Mar 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local college students participated in International Women's Day by raising awareness of domestic violence.

Members of Omega Phi Beta, a sorority at Binghamton University, kept with the United Nations' chosen theme for the day, "A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women."

They offered students lollipops with facts about domestic violence attached to them.

Sorority member Sandra Gaona said students sometimes forget domestic violence can happen to anyone.

"They are in the mindset that they don't think it's going to happen to them here at college," Gaona said, "When actually they're attending frat parties or they go downtown, they are at a higher risk for these types of events."

She said education is the best way to help students see possible problems in their own relationships.

"They're probably not getting the red flags like 'Oh my boyfriend is actually treating me bad,'" Gaona said. "But when they actually start seeing the signs, they become more aware of how their boyfriend really isn't treating them."

BU also held a panel discussion of faculty members that discussed violence against women on a global scale.