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Purple stands for courage in Cobourg

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is bringing back their Wrapped In Courage campaign that lets you show your support by wearing a purple scarf during Woman Abuse Prevention Month.

Cornerstone executive director Nancy Johnston was cheered by the show of support she saw at several places this week.

We Fix U care co-ordinator Tanya Ritchie said her customers have already been asking about purchasing the scarves, and that her staff usually dresses in purple (including scarves) on Thursdays during the month of November.

Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu said their uniform shirts have been dyed purple for the month as their own show of support for eliminating violence.

A contingent of Cobourg councillors -- the two women councillors already wearing purple -- stood in solidarity in council chambers wearing the scarves.

At Lakeridge Chrysler in Port Hope, staffers put on their purple scarves and gathered around a purple Jeep.

Begun in 2013, the Wrapped In Courage campaign aims to provide a symbol of the courage it takes for a woman to leave her abuser and urges members of the community to explore the issue.

"It takes the strength of an entire community to end violence against women," Johnston said.

"We are grateful that Cornerstone has received tremendous support across Northumberland County, but there is still much to be done. I am confident that with the community's support, we can create a violence-free future and a place where hope can take root and grow."

The Wrapped In Courage campaign runs through Dec. 6, with the scarves on sale at Cornerstone and at both Cobourg and Port Hope We Fix U locations for $15.

A stock of the original design will be available, as well as a number in their new updated design with the motto The Courage of a Woman Alone Is Not Enough.

Also new this year, supporters can purchase new square scarves or purple ties for $20 each.

The campaign calls on all who support eliminating violence against women to show their stand by wearing purple, especially leading up to Nov. 25, the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.