So, tomorrow begins the great month of October. It’s my favorite month–both of my children are born in October and then there is Halloween. And finally it’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. I know, you’d probably hardly realize it since it typically gets washed in pink breast cancer awareness by the mass marketing machine known as Susan G. Komen foundation. Now, I’m supportive of raising awareness about breast cancer, but I want to raise awareness about domestic violence too. While we try to find a cure for breast cancer, we can actually PREVENT domestic violence.
Even after all these years, domestic violence is still shrouded in silence and in fear. No one wants to talk about it. No one wants to confront that it happens.
Can you imagine what the world would look like if we turned all those pink ribbons purple? If all those M&Ms were purple and white, the NFL wore purple ribbons, or if Ford and Yoplait donated massive amounts of money to raise awareness and prevent domestic violence? I just think if we brought this out to the forefront of consciousness maybe we’d start thinking different about domestic violence. Maybe we’d start talking about it. If every where we went, we saw purple ribbons rather than pink ribbons would it change the actions or the views of society?
My challenge to you is to turn those pink ribbons PURPLE in support of our daughters, sisters, mothers, lovers, and friends in raising awareness about Domestic Violence.
Here’s what you can do to turn those pink ribbons PURPLE:
Donate to your local domestic violence shelter or National Coalition Against Domestic Violence or National Network to End Domestic Violence or National Domestic Violence Hotline
Paint in Purple with Pixel Project
Get the facts
Attend a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event
Urge your representatives to co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act
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Being a victims adovate and a survior of abuse, I wanted to shout for joy when I read your post. Domestic Violence is a taboo topic. I can recall about 20 years ago, when my mom and friends sat around whispering about the the topic of cancer. The big “C” was something you didn’t discuss, but now it is. Everywhere you go, you see pink and it’s worn proudly and boldly. I know if my lifetime they will come up with a cure for cancer and I thank God for the progress . My prayer is also ,that we can one day we talk about this other epidemic that causes pain, break up families and can lead to death without shame.
God Bless You
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