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Thursday Oct. 20, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program encourages others to wear purple in to support and bring awareness to domestic violence survivors and victims.
Oct. 18, 2022 11:53 am
For some domestic violence survivors purple is the color of bruises from unkind hands.
Purple is the color they turn when someone who once figuratively took their breath away, chooses to literally restrict their breath.
It is the color of the bags under their eyes from sleepless nights.
Thursday, we do not wear purple merely to acknowledge wounds.
We wear purple to attribute power and worth to the ones who are told far too often they are powerless and worthless.
It is a commonly known fact that purple was once exclusive to those with the most wealth.
Purple is the color sought after by rulers such as Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.
Tyrian purple of ancient times was incredibly expensive due to the difficulty of making the dye and its ability to withstand the test of time with minimal fading.
Survivors and victims are created in difficult circumstances.
Their steadfast ability to fight for their worth and power remains comparable to the depth of this rich color.
We wear purple in agreement that they are strong and brave.
One of the oldest military merit awards is the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart is only awarded to those wounded or killed in any military action against an enemy.
Victim-Survivors are wounded beyond measure, and it is only fitting that this color be shared with those who have fought so valiantly.
We wear purple because we believe no one deserves to be controlled by someone else.
The National Women’s Party of the United States adopted the colors white, gold, and purple for their cause.
Since then, the color purple has become a symbol for equal rights, not just for women, but for all.
By wearing purple, we declare that no man or woman is less than any other and should not be controlled as if they are.
Thursday, I will wear purple for myself, my children, my family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers.
Together, in this small act, we show the world that domestic violence victims-survivors are worthy, powerful, strong, brave, and equal.
Share your purple on social media with the hashtags #DVAM22 and #PurpleThursday
If you or someone you love has questions or needs help concerning domestic violence reach out to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program at 1 800-373-1043
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