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Circle of 6
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an annual worldwide campaign.  DVAM evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  The "Day of Unity" soon evolved into a week, and in October of 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.  In 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Since then legislation has been passed each year in various forms including VAWA.  Learn more about #VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), which is up for renewal this year.

Throughout the year, across the Texas Tech University Campus and the Lubbock Community multiple organizations, departments and centers have conducted academic discussions, forums, collection drives, etc. raising public awareness about sexual violence and the need to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Each day, people witness a continuum of behaviors that range from being respectful and safe, to sexually abusive and violence.

Sexual assaults are possibly one of the least reported and most misunderstood violent crimes. It is important to remember that victims of sexual assaults are never to blame for what happens to them. The reality is that the perpetrator chose to commit a very violent crime against an individual. Regardless of whether or not the victim fought back, screamed, or said “no,” if there was no consent, then a sexual assault has been committed.

As you attend forums and discussions around this topic, we want to continue offering additional support and resources for our campus community.  That's why we are supporting "Circle of 6".

What is "Circle of 6"?

  • With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens.
  • The Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose.
  • Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches let your circle know where you are and how they can help.
  • Icons represent actions; so that no one can tell what you’re up to.
  • Designed for college students, it’s fast, easy-to-use and private.
  • It’s the mobile way to look out for your friends, on campus or when you’re out for the night.

By working together, we can highlight sexual violence as a major issue in our communities and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.  Download the app today!

CONTACT:  Tricia Earl, program manager and academic advisor, Women's & Gender Studies, T (806) 742.4335.


Tricia Earl


Women and Gender Studies