The vast majority of students leave home for the first time when they enter college. With a newly found independence, many are vulnerable and may find themselves in abusive relationships. In California alone, with over one million students entering college every year, nearly 65% are female. Of these women, nearly half of those dating will experience abusive relationships. College students are among the highest risk groups for intimate partner and domestic violence. Unfortunately, this vulnerable group is also the most unlikely to recognize when they're in an abusive relationship. Not only that, nearly 60% of college students admit they don't know how to identify domestic violence, and that they wouldn't know what to do to help someone experiencing it. Despite this, universities have done little to educate their students on the very real risks of abusive relationships and domestic violence. We here at AMHF believe this is something that should change.
With your support, we're creating an educational outreach video for our young adults on college campuses, to be included in colleges' presentations for first-year (or transfer) student orientations. This production we call “A Message from Ariana” , will shine the spotlight on this life-threatening crime, while giving college students a new perspective on what domestic violence really is, its insidious effects, and what to do to combat it. This video will also provide support for any survivors in the viewing audience who feel alone in their suffering. It will give them an opportunity to free themselves; will empower them to transform lives, overcome trauma and help break the cycle of abuse.
The video is being developed in collaboration with survivors and experts from many fields, including educators, criminal justice personnel, and agencies whose sole purpose is to provide resources to victims overcoming violence.
Our goal is to initially make this video available to a select number of college campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area for the Winter semester of 2020, which colleges may either use during their freshman orientations or their Title 9 compliance procedures. Thereafter, we aim to make this video available throughout the state of California and nationwide. It is our purpose to make a substantial impact in combating domestic violence. If our schools get on board, awareness and prevention will expand from within.
We also will produce a separate version of this potentially life-saving awareness message for the San Mateo County Department of Justice, which will be shown to victims of “first offenders” , possibly as a mandatied training, so that they may learn the dangers of escalating domestic violence, and resources in the community to free themselves from abusive relationships. As stated above, many first-time victims are unaware of the potential dangers of being in abusive relationships, and this video can be one solution in preventuion and education. We are certain that many lives can be saved with this tool.
We have selected renowned documentary filmmaker, Kingston Media, as producer.
Please help us save lives. In order to create this crucial video, we need $85,000 to cover the cost of production and distribution. However, we have already received pledges from the County of San Mateo and First Republic Bank and others; we now seek $25,000. Your tax deductible donation of any amount, would be a gift that will truly impact and serve our next generation. Please also share this campaign with many of your friends on Facebook.
We send our heartfelt thanks in advance for your serious consideration in contributing to our cause. We believe that this project is driven by Ariana' spirit, whose life was taken at a tender age. In turn, your support means so much to the AMHF board members and Ariana's family. The ultimate benefit will go to the victims, survivors, and all lives impacted by domestic and relationship abuse. Let's turn a heart- shattering tragedy into hope for others, for generations to come.
**More information about us: The Ariana Mae Hatami Foundation is a place where we work through, and in partnership with local agencies that are aligned with our purpose. We provide added resources so that victims of domestic violence will receive an extra layer of help. Our intent is to help connect people; be a liaison to someone who is lost or does not know where to turn because they have become victimized. Please read Ariana's story here http://arianamaehatamifoundation.org/arianas-story