This concludes my interview with Kay Oskvig. Congratulations, Kay, on winning the Miss Davenport title, and also for all your hard work to eliminate relationship violence.
See part one of the interview at www.examiner.com/x-2889-Des-Moines-Relationship-Examiner~y2010m2d5-Pageant-winners-passion-reducing-domestic-violence/ and part two at www.examiner.com/x-2889-Des-Moines-Relationship-Examiner~y2010m2d8-Miss-Davenport-an-advocate-for-ending-relationship-violence/
8. What attitudes do young people have about this- do they ever think about it, do they see it as something that could never happen to them, do they blame the victim?
Colleges across the country are beginning to increase their efforts to educate students about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Because it is so easy to feel invincible as a young person, DV/SA can seem far off and implausible. As the statistics continue to rise and students expand their social circles, many young people do encounter a survivor. It can take a long time (weeks, months, even years) for survivors to share their story. Especially while young, survivors may feel that people will not believe their past. I think that as more and more survivors are empowered to educate their friends, and as positive societal role models continue to condemn violence (Oprah, Rihanna, Victor Rivers, etc), more young people will become aware and involved in the effort to eliminate DV.
9. What do you hope happens in our society regarding this issue?
I hope domestic violence-DV- is eradicated everywhere. To help that happen, I hope that people all across the globe learn to recognize the signs of DV: isolation, physical changes, etc., and reach out to their neighbors, co-workers, and friends as a source of support. Humans are capable of much harm, but we are also capable of doing so much good! Offering the use of a safe phone or transportation may seem small, but could make a world of difference in someone’s life.