Statement on Shine the Light on Woman Abuse

 

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

    Mr. Speaker, the 2013 Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign kicked off in London on November 1.

    The goal of this month-long campaign is to raise awareness of the abuse of women in our communities by turning towns and cities and even regions purple.

    In the city of London, the purple wave is bathing 30 buildings in purple light this month. Purple is the colour of courage, survival, and honour.

    Women in abusive relationships often feel trapped. Their homes are no longer safe places. Women need to know that any shame or blame they may feel does not belong to them but to their abusers.

    I invite all Canadians to show their support in the fight to end violence against women by wearing purple on November 15 and throughout the month of November.