October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
ISABELLA INDIAN RESERVATION—October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and has been designated the color purple to help show support and bring awareness to the issue and its effects on victims and families.
Domestic and dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to gain power and control over an intimate/dating partner or spouse. The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence. In fact, one in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. This violence continues on and one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime.
In an effort to increase awareness about Domestic Violence, Nami Migizi Nangwiihgan, Domestic Violence Services of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian has provided three local football teams and three local volleyball teams with purple socks to wear during a designated game in the month of October.
“This is not a teen issue, a women’s issues or a personal issue that needs to be addressed in the home. This is a problem that needs to be addressed as a community. It is only then, we can tell a victim: “It is not your fault’! stated Frank J. Cloutier, public relations director of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. “Our hopes are others will join us in our efforts of stopping domestic and dating violence in our community and become a voice for a victim who may be unable to speak.”
Mt. Pleasant, Shepherd, and Beal City High School Football Teams and all Mt. Pleasant High School Volleyball teams will show their support during the following games:
Mt. Pleasant High School Football October 10, 2014 7:00 pm
Beal City High School October 10, 2014 7:00 pm
Mt. Pleasant High School Volleyball October 14, 2014 5:30 pm
Shepherd High School October 17, 2014 7:00 pm
Their willingness to wear the color purple signifies their support to raise awareness to the issue of domestic and dating violence. It is only through the support of others that we can help victims speak out and that we as a community can help end this violence. It is time that we open the door for those victims to get the help they need and by raising awareness we take the power and control away from the batterer and put it in the hands of the community to say enough is enough.
Nami Migizi Nangwiihgan also has a limited supply of socks to pass out to those who wish to show their support in our tribal community. We would more specifically like to offer them to the men who would like to break down the stigma that this is only a Women’s issue. One in 55 men are victims of domestic violence and there are strong dedicated men in our community who wish to speak out on behalf of all our victims. We appreciate your support and want to help by asking you to “sport purple socks.”
The Saginawa Chippewa Indian Tribe is based on the Isabella Indian Reservation in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.