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WAIT! Don’t Put Away Your Purple Ribbons!

Purple ribbons have become a symbol for domestic violence. During the 70’s feminists made great strides in raising awareness about DV(domestic violence), but unfortunately not enough. Today we can show our support for ending domestic violence by wearing a purple ribbon and raising that much-needed awareness. Why purple? It traditionally symbolizes mourning and is also the color of a bruise so it’s quite fitting when you think of the millions of people affected each year by domestic violence. “On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.” Thehotline.org/resources/statistics/

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On Jezebel, writer Caroline Weinberg argues that purple ribbons are as important as pink because DV is a health issue just like cancer. I totally agree. After working at a resource center for domestic violence I saw so many women, children and even men walk through the door. They didn’t often have really obvious bruises, but they were all in some stage of fear and that is very unhealthy. So if you have pink ribbons on your car, your home or your jewelry please consider adding a purple ribbon next to it.

Domestic violence is a women’s health issue. It can be screened for, like cancer; its treatment can be as essential and lifesaving as reproductive care. DV does not discriminate—it is not restricted by gender, sexual orientation, education level, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, and it affects millions of women each year. Yet it is consistently relegated to the background, the dirty secret no one wants to talk about.” Read the full article Jezebel.com/purple-goes-with-your-pink-ribbon-domestic-violence-is-1737008011

Every time a celebrity is abused or a local woman is killed by her partner we are forced to see that partner abuse hasn’t gone away. Let’s raise hell. By wearing a purple ribbon we have the opportunity to spark conversations, to show those who may be suffering they aren’t alone and to help raise awareness just like we’ve done with pink ribbons and breast cancer.

Where’s your purple ribbon?


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