Angela Kelsey

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Pink and Purple Ribbons

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stories, voices :: October 30, 2011

My sister is a breast cancer survivor.

I am a domestic violence survivor.

I walked a Susan G. Komen 3-Day with her in 2006.  She walked a SafeWalk with me yesterday.    We’re talking about doing both next year.

As we wrap up October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am thinking about the similarities and differences between the ways we think about these two ribboned women’s issues.

Fortunately, has done the heavy lifting for me, in this fact-packed post.  They compare breast cancer and domestic violence based on the following criteria:

  • how many women experience them
  • how many women die from them
  • how women are treated/helped
  • how much money each costs the economy
  • how each is talked about (or not)
The numbers speak for themselves.
Let’s not take off our pink and purple ribbons until we’ve put an end to both breast cancer and domestic violence.

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