October is domesticviolence and breast cancer awareness month
October is domestic violence and breast cancer awareness month. To draw attention to these two significant issues, Women's Support Services (WSS) of Martha's Vineyard Community Services is providing a month-long exhibit on the grounds of the health services organization of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.
According to a press release, the exhibit includes a beautiful tree in a small courtyard decorated with over 400 purple bows representing the four hundred women that WSS worked with last year. Pink bows will be tied in with the purple bows to signify the presence of breast cancer in the community.
The Clothesline Project will also be on display around the tree with T-shirts bearing heartfelt and hopeful message, decorated by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their loved ones.
According to statistics provided by WSS, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States. One-third of American women have reported being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lifetime. A woman is nine times more likely to be hurt in her home than on the streets. The national statistics on breast cancer state that one out of every eight women will get breast cancer.
To become involved or for more information, call Women's Support Services at 508-693-7900, extension 221.