Purple Thursday For Domestic Violence Awareness

The color purple signifies power. It is also said to calm the mind and uplift the spirit. This month the color purple has a very special meaning - it represents domestic violence awareness. Thursday, October 20th is #PurpleThursday where we are encouraged to wear purple to show support and awarness for domestic violence. It is a reminder to survivors, victims, and students that they are not alone and that they matter.

1 in 4 women report domestic abuse at some point in their lives. That means if you go to lunch with 8 friends, at least 2 have or will experience domestic abuse. That’s just what goes reported, however. According to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is the most unreported crime. Only half of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police. Living on a college campus, it is important to be able to recognize signs of domestic abuse, and not just be a bystander. It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of college and forget to make sure that you and the people around you are okay.

By wearing purple on Thursday you are reminding everyone that you will not be a bystander and that you are taking a stand to say love should not hurt. It is a way of unifying everyone on campus, and across the country, to stand up against abusers and create a safe environment for people to ask for help. Wear purple today to help be a part of something bigger than yourself. Love can be many things, but it should never be something you are afraid of. #PurpleThursday