PHOTOS: Shine The Light On Woman Abuse Purple Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday November 1st, 2016
Posted at 8:22pm
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November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month, and for the third year in a row Hiatus House Windsor held their annual purple tree lighting ceremony in Charles Clarke Square, this time drawing their largest crowd yet.
Shine The Light is an initiative that began in London, Ontario at The London Abused Women’s Centre in 2010, and it asks that businesses, community groups, and individuals wear and display purple during November to raise awareness of abuse against women.
Deb Fowler called woman abuse a “silent epidemic” as she addressed the gathered audience, asking everyone in attendance to “walk away from here and make a personal commitment to create change.”
Fowler has spent the last two years recovering from the effects of abuse, and is now using her experience to reach out to the community in an attempt to create awareness and eventually end abuse against women.
“This is our chance to create change for the next generations,” she says.
As part of the initiative, Caesar’s Windsor will be bathed in purple light for the next month, and Hiatus House will be selling purple scarves.