Project Purple St. Bernard puts up "Purple Ladies" for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a recently established, local St. Bernard organization named Project Purple St. Bernard—a group dedicated to raising “awareness of intimate partner abuse” and “to support and empower individuals” who have been affected by domestic abuse—decided to make a powerful statement for all of St. Bernard to see on Saturday, October 24.
“Through monetary donations, donations of materials, and volunteers,” the organization set up 14 purpled colored cut outs of women—aptly named the “Purple Ladies”— around an official Domestic Violence Awareness Month Sign. Statements like “You took my life from my son,” “You made me believe it was my fault,” and “You threatened my life if I told my family or friends,” were painted in white on the front of each cut out. Each statement was based on an actual instance of domestic violence that lead to a woman’s death in St. Bernard, displaying the brutal reality of trauma and fear every victim must confront.
The “Purple Ladies” were originally placed in front of the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division on West Judge Perez Drive, but they will be moved every few days to a new location within St. Bernard. Hopefully, every resident will have an opportunity to see them. According to Mandy Dobronich, a co-founder of the group, the “Purple Ladies” were inspired by a similar event held by a Missouri organization.
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