Breaking the Silence to Keep Kids Safe
The month of October is recognized by children's aid societies (CAS) across Ontario as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and if you are wondering why you are seeing purple everywhere it's because today in particular, October 24th is Dress Purple Day. Across the Diocese and Ontario, the school boards, parishes, and other community partners are dressing purple. The purpose of Dress Purple Day is to break the silence on child abuse and bring attention to the many forms of child abuse that impacts millions of children in North America.
The theme to this day is "It takes a village to keep kids safe". This statement is to remind us that as a community we must learn to identify the signs of abuse and break the silence. We are encouraged to report suspected child abuse or neglect to our local CAS.
Our Director of Youth Ministry, Christina Mines and His Excellency, Bishop Crosby don these purple shirts from the Catholic Children's Aid Society today, to help them show their support as all of us across the Diocese work together to break the silence. You can show your support by wearing purple today and using the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence to start the discussion.
For more information on child abuse and how to identify it see below some infographics provided by the Ontario Association of Children's Aids Societies: