Shining The Light On Woman Abuse
Monday November 2nd, 2015
Posted at 5:05pm
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November is woman abuse prevention month and starting Monday evening, Caesars Windsor will be shining the light on woman abuse by turning purple for the month of November.
In addition, a tree at Charles Clark Square will be lit up in purple.
Organizers say that turning on purple lights and decorating public spaces in purple means those conversations have started. When you get people talking there is opportunity for education. Women need to know they are not to blame for abuse they endure and they need to see that their community supports them. In Windsor the need is immediately recognized by Thom Rolfe, Executive Director of Hiatus House.
“The reality at Hiatus House,” said Rolfe, “is the shelter expects to function at full capacity with our 42 beds nearly always full. Our occupancy for the month of September 2015 was 107%. Our average year to date occupancy is 97.2%. As of today, October 26 we have 50 woman and children residing in our shelter”. It is imperative that shelters have their community’s support. We depend on donations year round to help us deliver the best services possible to the women and children seeking safe shelter, and abusive men who are seeking treatment”
On November 13th, 2015 everyone is asked to wear purple to demonstrate support of this initiative. “It’s about creating awareness and starting the conversation so survivors know there are supports out there, and that the stigma of abuse is not theirs to own” says Eva Kratochvil a local survivor, activist, and shelter worker.