CORNWALL, Ontario - Are you wearing purple today? There's a good chance you are, as Cornwall and area has bathed itself in the colour as a show of solidarity to fight the stigma and raise awareness for child abuse.
Dress Purple Day, an annual event spearheaded by the local branch of the Children's Aid Society, has hundreds, if not thousands, of people making a fashion statement of sorts.
Kimly Thivierge, media relations manager at the CAS, said 1,400 Dress Purple Day shirts went out for the event to 58 schools and 131 groups in the city.
That's in addition to people who simply donned a purple shirt, tie or (heaven forbid) pants from their own collection.
"I'm overwhelmed by the heart of this community and how we come together so actively," said Thivierge. "In the last two or three years (child abuse awareness) has been waking up.
"And today it is really awake."
Dozens of staff at the CAS office, all wearing purple, convened to celebrate the event first thing Friday morning.
The event was part of the month-long campaign by the CAS to draw awareness to child abuse.
The message was loud and clear at the launch of the Children's Aid Society: Purple Ribbon Campaign a few weeks ago when hundreds of people flocked to Lamoureux Park to pop a brown paper bag that symbolized breaking the silence on abuse.