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Pitt State social work student and domestic abuse survivor spreads awareness at collective event

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For years, Lannette Wood was married to a man who abused her.

"I just kept going back through that cycle over and over. And I regret now that my children has to see that and be put through that."

Her husband passed in 2006, leaving her with painful memories. These were strengthened years later, when her friend Kandi died from domestic violence.

"Even though she had issues at home, she would drop her issues and help a friend out."

Wood is now channeling Kandi's spirit by helping victims of abuse find hope and empowerment through her social work studies.

On Wednesday, she and fellow classmates set up booths on campus to spread awareness.

"I would like to see more people talk about it, because it's still hush hush," says Wood.

Wood is advocating for her cause, but she says the event is also a great way to practice for her career. Her fellow social work students say the same thing.

"We're going to be raising awareness about things, so just being able to do that and get an opportunity to do that and practice it is awesome," sad Kelsey Peckman.

"This is really the meat and potato I would say of social work," said Laura Owens. "This is where it really gets fulfilling. This is where i feel i'm really needed, is advocating for people."

Wood and her classmates advocate for different  issues, but they all help to drive each other's effort forward.  

"We're kind of like a family, said Tiffany Thompson. "We support each other as much as possible."

"They do things to support each other, to help each other out," says Dr. Kristen Humphrey, professor. "Watching them restores my faith in humanity every day."

This is Wood's goal for anyone suffering from abuse.  

"I just would like women not to feel like they have to stay, that there are resources out there and people that are willing to help."

Wood was also raising money and collecting crafts today for  Hope Unlimited, a women's shelter and outreach program based in Iola.  

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