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Town to 'shine light'

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Town council is once again supporting shedding light on the abuse of women by proclaiming the month of November as “Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month” in Fort Frances.

A flag raising ceremony will take place this Friday at 2 p.m. with town staff and employees from Riverside Health's Community Counselling Services, who are sponsoring the annual “Shine the Light Campaign” next month.

The flag raising is meant to show the municipality's support for victims of domestic abuse.

The goal of the campaign is to support women in understanding that any shame or blame they feel does not belong to them but to the perpetrators of their abuse

It is also meant to raise the profile of community agencies who provide abused women with help as they attempt to live free of domestic violence and/or abuse.

“'Shine the Light' is a campaign that was initiated by the London Abused Women Centre to increase public awareness of the on going issue of women abuse,” Mayor June Caul noted during Monday evening's council meeting.

“The campaign's signature colour is purple, and it's used to symbolize courage, survival, and honour.”

Nov. 15 is the official “Wear Purple Day” to honour and stand in solidarity with those who have experience and endured abuse.

Mayor Caul is asking the public to wear purple and consider displaying purple lights, ribbons, or decoration of some kind to signify that they are aware of the issue and support the “Shine the Light” campaign.

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