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Soroptimist To Paper The Town Purple

Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams to distribute information about domestic abuse through local businesses

In October 2001, Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams will "paper the town purple" for the fifth year in a row.

Mt. Adams Soroptimists will join with Soroptimists worldwide in distributing cards with information and domestic abuse prevention during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The cards, which will be purple (the color associated with domestic violence) will be distributed at local workplaces and public gathering places.

The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence event with coincide with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Day of Unity on Oct. 3, which is an annual event when individuals can show their solidarity with battered women and children.

"When people think of domestic violence, they usually have visions of women and children suffering abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner," said Kris Jeter, president of Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams. "What many fail to realize is that domestic violence very often spills over into the workplace."

"Because we live in a more rural community we have adapted our focus somewhat to expand our distribution to other places where people can receive the information effectively, and we have provided Spanish interpretation on the cards," continued Jeter. "Certainly, the value that this project holds in the workplace carries over to home lives and personal development for women and children, so we are distributing these cards in workplaces and other places, such as restaurants and taverns, schools, churches, and other local businesses, where women and children gather. Our distribution of these cards is a step toward creating awareness of this very important issue."

For more information about Soroptimist call Bev Elsner, 493-2161.

For domestic violence assistance call Programs for Peaceful Living at 493-1533.

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