Longview, TX — The Women’s Center of East Texas wants to intertwine some purple with all the pink that’s around in October.
“There’s a lot of focus this month on breast cancer, which is symbolized by pink ribbons, and we certainly don’t want to detract from that,” said Executive Director Shannon Trest. “At the same time, we’d like to see a few more purple ribbons, to remind people of the seriousness of domestic and sexual violence. After all, they’re both issues that effect primarily women.”
However, Trest said that domestic and sexual violence, like breast cancer, is not limited strictly to women.
“Sexual and domestic assaults in which men are the victims are almost certainly underreported,” Trest said. “We do know it goes on and, despite our name, we offer counseling to victims of both genders.”
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