Our take: More light needs to shine on our violence issues

This week, seeing a purple haze is a good thing.

We’re hoping instead of traditional red and green Christmas lights, you’ll be seeing plenty of purple lights strung in folk’s windows, at local businesses and on trees downtown.

They’re meant to be a gentle reminder of gender-based violence issues and the effects they have upon children and families in the Cowichan Valley.

Cowichan’s rate of violence against women is about double B.C.’s average.

And that’s one of the reasons a number of events are being organized locally.

Last week we heard Cowichan’s Heidi Mendenhall’s personal violence experience and now we’ve also learned many locals are also stepping up to shed a light on the startling statistic.

“Community response has been enthusiastic,” Cowichan Women Against Violence Society victim services worker Kendra Thomas said. She commended folks for a “fantastic reflection of how community members value safe, healthy families in the Cowichan Valley.”

The “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” is a global campaign beginning on International Day Against Violence Against Women Day Nov. 25. It wraps up on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, and includes a Dec. 6  noon vigil at the Vancouver Island University Cowichan campus. That latter event recognizes National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We’re tickled to hear Cowichanians are getting on board.

And we can only hope that will make the difference and be the light at the end of the tunnel toward a solution for lowering Cowichan’s violence cases.

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