‘Project Purple Ribbon’ fights domestic violence

Erinn Williams

The D.I.M.E.S Fashion Organizations is bringing domestic violence awareness to Georgia Southern University through Project Purple Ribbon.

Project Purple Ribbon will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room and aims to celebrate those who have survived domestic abuse and honor those who did not.

“People often overlook Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October because it is also known for being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we as an organization are trying to bring awareness to another serious problem in our society,” Jodi-Ann Simpson, senior public relations major and president of D.I.M.E.S, said.

The event will host free entertainment including the Spotlight Show Choir, Random Acts of Poetry and Candice Gary. Refreshments will be served.

A representative from The Safe Haven Women’s Shelter of Bulloch County will also be speaking on domestic violence and sharing her story and the stories of others who have experienced it.

“Students should come to this event because domestic violence hits home with many people. I actually just lost my cousin to this type of situation last year. Through this event we are trying to educate Georgia Southern students on domestic violence and show them ways that they can help and prevent it along with what to do if you find yourself in that type of situation,” Raven Taylor, senior business administration major and vice president of D.I.M.E.S, said.

Project Purple Ribbon is free but donations will be accepted to benefit Safe Haven Women’s Shelter.

Samaya Sheffield, sophomore writing & linguistics major, said, “I think it’s important to have events about such strong topics like domestic violence because everyday people are going through these life-threatening situations and need someone to stand up and support them, and I think these events will do a good job at providing us with the information that we need to take a stand against it.”