October 1st marks Go Purple Day™, a national day to show support for survivors of domestic violence by wearing purple.
WHY GO PURPLE DAY?
October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and purple is the color widely associated with the cause against domestic violence.
Domestic violence in America is an epidemic problem, affecting millions of people in the United States each year.
Data from the Center for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicate:
• Nearly 1 in 4 adult women and 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
• 16% of women and 7% of men have experienced contact sexual violence from an intimate partner (this includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact).
• 10% of women and 2% of men report having been stalked by an intimate partner.
Go Purple Day™ participants are encouraged to invite friends, family and co-workers to wear purple on October 1, and then share photos or video with the hashtags #gopurpleday and #yourstate on social media.
Go Purple Day™is an initiative of Go Purple USA™, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Huntsville, Alabama. Go Purple USA™ is committed to engaging communities across America to come together to take a stand against domestic violence.
Learn more about Go Purple Day™: www.gopurpleday.com
Learn more about Center for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS):