Submitted by the Family Resource Centre
From November 21st, for two weeks, our main street will once again be lit by the glow of Purple Light!
The main goal of this campaign is to raise the awareness of domestic violence in our community. Why purple lights? Purple is the colour that symbolizes courage, survival and honour. It has come to represent the movement to end abuse.
Abuse can happen to a friend, a neighbour, your sister or mother. Any woman you know could be a victim of violence in her household, at the hands of her partner, spouse or friend.
On December 6th, 1989 at the Ecole Poytechnique in Montreal, Marc Lepine entered a classroom where he separated the men from the women students. After claiming that he was fighting feminism, he specifically targeted women. He killed fourteen women, injured ten other women and injured four men.
Violence happens to men, too. We cannot disregard the abuses inflicted upon men, also by a partner, spouse or friend.
On December 6th, the Womens Resource Centre will hold their annual candlelight vigil to remember the victims we have lost to violence, support those who have survived abuse and give hope to those still living with abuse.
The vigil will be held at Frater Landing, Invermere (the courtyard beside Interior World) at 4:45 p.m.