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Shine a purple light for CADA

The Island County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force announces the Purple Light Campaign in honor of domestic violence victims and to give hope to those still living with abuse.

The color purple is the national symbol for domestic violence and October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The task force is taking part in the National Purple Light Campaign to promote the message that: “Domestic violence has no place in our community.”

Residents are urged to shine the purple light during the month of October. During September, Soroptomists International of Oak Harbor is assisting the task force in their mission to promote awareness by distributing purple light bulbs to residents in front of local grocery stores. They are also further supporting the campaign by recruiting local businesses to provide purple lights to local patrons.

Please call Celeste Belmont at CADA, 675-7057, for more information about location sites. Donations are accepted and will provide further support to CADA, Island County’s domestic violence and sexual assault agency.

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force consists of a multi-disciplinary team that aims at providing safe and coordinated services to victims of such abuse. Local law enforcement, prosecution, probation, housing, victim advocacy, and child protective team agencies are represented on the task force.

CADA is grateful for the support of the community and of the work the task force has done to address the seriousness of this epidemic.

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One in 33 men will experience an attempted or completed rape. Every year, intimate partner domestic violence exceeds $5.8 billion, with $4.1 billion going to direct medical and mental health costs.

For more information about CADA’s services, the Purple Light Campaign, or the Island County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force, please call Celeste Belmont or email her at celeste@cadacanhelp.org.

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