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Dress Purple Event

Updated: Oct 18, 2023



Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learnt many lessons surrounding valuing relationships and learning to cope with prolonged stress and isolation. Although adapting our lifestyles to manage these additional stressors may have come easy to some, it has also emphasized the difficulties that families have experienced in preserving the safety of children and youth within our community. A recent study reported that 42% of Ontario families required additional support from social services since the onset of the pandemic1 – services to which have been proven essential in safeguarding the overall health and well-being of vulnerable Ontarians.

Within our society, mistreatment of children extends beyond the individual responsibility of parents and caregivers. The lack of safety surrounding children and youth stems from a compilation of socioeconomical factors including income disparities, societal norms, unequal access to resources as well as intergenerational trauma. As an umbrella term, safety encompasses all aspects of physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being – the essential ingredients to a well-supported and protected individual.

Throughout the month of October, the Dress Purple Day Campaign – previously known as Child Abuse Prevention Month - highlights the importance of protecting our community’s child and youth population against all forms of harm. On October 27, 2022 and throughout the month, we wear purple to show support for our children and youth who are struggling to overcome barriers and end cycles of violence.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their safety, please know that there is help available throughout the region. Accessing supportive care can be found through your local Family Connexions agency as well as The Child and Youth Advocacy Centre and The Regional Centre for Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect.

1 Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. (2020). Study to measure societal need for social services in Ontario during the pandemic. https://www.oacas.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/OACAS-Social-Services-Needs-Study-Oct-2020.pdf


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