is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
2nd Annual CODA 3K Walk for
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
on the incidence of women murdered by men,
the Violence Policy Center recently ranked
Carolina number seven in
the nation. Attorney General Alan Wilson calls
domestic violence South Carolina's
"number one crime issue."
of CODA's first 3K Domestic Violence Awareness
walk in 2010 was "Get Off the Bench and Into
the Game"—an exhortation to community members
to publicly demonstrate their commitment to
ending domestic violence. This year, CODA's second
walk will be part of Port
Royal's Festival of the Sea, October 15. In
keeping with the festival's pirate theme,
participants are asked to leap out out of
their comfortable deck chairs, collectively
"Walk the Plank" and raise awareness of
the domestic violence plaguing our community
Many of your neighbors have
already registered for this free event which will be
followed by the Festival of the Sea's music, fun
and good food. We look forward to seeing you
there—in purple, with signs of support
Invited: 25th Anniversary
invites the community to a celebration of its 25th
anniversary to thank those who have helped us
in our mission to support victims of domestic
violence. Drop by and visit us at the Rhett
House Inn, November 3 at 5:00
What's Happening in October?
Violence Awareness Month events will take place
throughout October in the four counties served by
CODA—Jasper, Colleton, Hampton and Beaufort.
In addition to vigils, pledge signings and professional
trainings, the "Clothesline Project," a display of
victims/survivor art will be hung in various
public spaces across the region.
To see a
schedule of the month's events, go to: www.codalowcountry.org/events.
Why Purple Ribbons?
to twenty years ago, people in scattered communities
across the nation began displaying purple ribbons as a
visible gesture of support for survivors and victims of
domestic violence. Since then, families and friends have
adopted the ribbon to remember and honor loved ones who
have lost their lives at the hands of persons they once
loved and trusted.
In addition to demonstrating
support for victims and survivors, displaying purple
ribbons throughout a community conveys a powerful
message that there is no place for domestic violence in
the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools of its
(From a publication of the Pennsylvania
Coalition Against Domestic Violence)