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Catherine O'Leary

Catherine O’Leary
Chapin High School
Chapin, SC

The Violence Policy Center has repeatedly ranked South Carolina number one in rate of women killed by men, and lack of awareness and education on both dating violence and domestic violence helps to perpetuate this cycle. Catherine has created Chapin Cares, a project that will focus on helping women who are victims of domestic violence, as well as educating youth at Chapin High School on the issues of dating violence and domestic violence. The program will host two drives, collecting items such as toiletries, non-perishables, and cleaning supplies. These items will be donated to a local women’s shelter in Columbia, Sister Care. In conjunction with the weeks of these two drives, flyers will posted around the school sighting statistics on Dating Violence in high school youth as well as statistics on domestic violence in South Carolina. Chapin Cares will both support victims of domestic violence in Chapin Community and work to prevent future intimate partner violence of Chapin High School Students.