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"We need to wake people up to the attitudes and actions that continue to keep victims at risk and our cities, towns and cultural communities unsafe." ~ Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MAPS - Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

SEEING PURPLE: Zakim Bridge and State House to be lit on October 1st for Domestic Violence Awareness

Advocates throughout Massachusetts and across the country will make an extra push during October to raise awareness about domestic violence that can help save lives.  While public understanding of domestic violence has improved over the past 30 years, the subject still remains taboo and too uncomfortable for many to discuss and is fraught with misconceptions, leaving victims at risk and offenders unaccountable.
 
A listing of public events in Massachusetts can be found on the state coalition website at www.janedoe.org.
 
An activist with H.U.G.S. Sharon, (Help Us Get Safe) has taken the initiative to shed light - purple light - on the subject by arranging for the State House and the Zakim Bridge to be lit on Tuesday October 1st as the awareness kicks off.
 
Sue Robinson, past President and current Vice President of H.U.G.S. Sharon, explained, "In  view of the statistics in MA that nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner, we wanted to shine a light on domestic violence.  Our hope is that awareness will create understanding and that understanding will create change."
 
The Commonwealth's Department of Transportation agreed to shine purple on the Zakim Bridge and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo supported  request for the State House.
 
"As both a father and a legislator, I am passionate about fighting domestic violence,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “Today is a reminder that we must take action. I pledge to do whatever I can to stop these unthinkable crimes and look forward to partnering with Jane Doe Inc. in that effort.”    
 
 
 
ABOUT:
 
H.U.G.S. Sharon, (Help Us Get Safe)(www.hugs-sharon.org) is a small nonprofit organization created to help make our community safer.  Over the past ten years, some of our accomplishments include the following: we have sponsored plays in the schools that teach about healthy relationships and the consequences of sexting and cyberbullying ,have  provided programming in the community on topics such as intimate partner violence, and bullying,have  paid for lock changes, and hotel stays for members of the community in need, have donated a washer and dryer to the Norfolk Advocate for Children, and recently created and planted a Garden of Courage at the police department.  H.U.G.S. Sharon which has worked with several JDI member programs including New Hope, DOVE, Family & Community Resources and Health Imperatives.
 
 
 


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