During October we see a lot of pink awareness ribbons and sometimes you see some purple awareness ribbons. The question is does everyone know why?
Most people know the pink ribbons are for breast cancer awareness month. Which is a big deal, 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time, that equates to an estimated 252,710 women and 2,470 men in the United States will be diagnosed by the end of this year. This affects many of us and awareness is important and can save many lives.
If Pink is for breast cancer awareness month then what is the Purple for? Did you know that for 30 years October has been Domestic Violence Awareness Month? 1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 4 men will experience some form of physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their life time. That equates to nearly 10 million victims in the United States every year. Did you also know that Nevada is number 2 in the nation for the number of women murdered by their current or past intimate partner? In fact, according to national statistics Nevada consistently ranks first in the nation for domestic violence related fatalities. This affects all of us and awareness is critical in saving lives. The only way to stop domestic violence is awareness.
Now I’m sure you are wondering, “How I can help spread awareness?” The first thing you can do is educate yourself about the issue by reading statistics on NCADV’s (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) website, ncadv.org; or reading the articles on domesticshelters.org. You can also talk to your friends and family about it.
Another great way to spread domestic violence awareness is to participate in upcoming events. Elko CADV and PACE will be having a WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES event at 10 a.m. on October 14th on the corner of Idaho Street and College Avenue.
Let’s cover the town in Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness. Purple ribbons, purple banners, purple hair, purple everywhere!