Did You Know?

Some information to raise awareness about Domestic Violence, and to share interesting facts about Origami, and Cranes.

Domestic Violence

NOTE: Occurrences of domestic violence are surely higher than indicated by statistics; not all incidents are reported to authorities.

Domestic abuse and violence is a pattern of controlling behavior in the context of a current or former relationship. One person purposefully seeks to limit the human and civil rights of their partner. The actions of the abusive person are purposeful and chosen. They are based on a belief system that tells them they are entitled to privilege their desires and needs above their partners’.

Source: ​
The Maine Coalition
​to End Domestic Violence
1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner and reported an IPV-related impact (ie, being fearful, concerned for safety, needed medical care, needed help form law enforcement, missed work or school, etc.) during their lifetime.

The Maine Coalition
​to End Domestic Violence
44% of lesbians, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

26% of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

Source:The Maine Coalition
​to End Domestic Violence


Chiyogami is a specific word developed to describe the graphic, repetitive designs applied to paper in the Edo period. Originally these patterns were printed by woodblock for use in paper doll and small accessory making. In the twentieth century, these patterns began to be applied using silkscreens and this continues today.

The earliest known traditions of paper folding were of ceremonial origin, such as the Japanese noshi​ (white paper folded with a strip of dried abalone or meat, attached to gifts. This was considered a token of good fortune and first recorded during the Muromachi Period (1392-1573).

​Origami came to Japan thanks to Buddhist monks who brought paper from China back in the sixth century.

Origami was initially known as 'orikata' – folded shapes. In 1880, however, the craft became known as origami. The term origami comes from the Japanese words 'oru' – to fold and 'kami' – paper.


The lifespan of a crane is from 20 to 50 years in the wild, depending on the species. The oldest known crane was a Siberian Crane that live to be 83 years old in captivity.

Cranes are omnivorous, eating a variety of plants and animals. Some crane species eat seeds, berries, and small invertebrates while others may eat grains, insects, reptiles, small mammals, and even other birds.

During migration, cranes fly with their head and neck straight out and their feet and legs straight behind them. They are able to reach heights of 16,000-26,000 feet!