MCN hosting events to bring awareness to problem

By Kaitlyn Dillard

Times Staff Writer

Most might think of October as being the month to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness, but there is another disease that permeates throughout the nation- Domestic Violence. Throughout October, the Muscogee Creek Nation will be hosting a series of events to bring awareness to the victims of domestic violence. 

Domestic violence is a silent disease unless attention is brought to those who have fallen victim to it. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, it is better known as a pattern of abusive behaviors ranging from physical, sexual and psychological. 

Starting in 1981, October was observed as Domestic Violence Month as a way to advocate and end violence against women and their children. 

Throughout October, the Muscogee Creek Nation will be holding “In Her Shoes,” a revolutionary community education tool, to teach participants about domestic violence by having them move, do think and experience the lives of battered women. 

Each session lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours. An event was held Tuesday and another is scheduled for Friday. Pre-registration is required.

Then it all comes to a head on Tuesday, Oct. 24, “Purple Out Day” where residents can wear purple to show support and bring recognition to those who have suffered from Domestic Violence. 

The Muscogee Creek Nation is urging those who do wear purple on Oct. 24 to share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #mcnpurpleoutday. 

For more information on the “In Her Shoes” events or to sign-up, contact the Family Violence Prevention Program at 918-732-7979. 

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