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SistahSpeak and Green Dot to host Pink and Purple Day


With the C.A.R.E. Walk and the “Komen on the Go” bus making a stop at the University of Mississippi, Oxford seems to have grown into a community totally dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness. 

Today, SistahSpeak and the Green Dot program will team up to host Pink and Purple Day, a new event to raise breast cancer and domestic violence awareness. 

The event will be held in front of the Student Union. Both organizations will be handing out candy and giving free manicures to anyone interested in battling breast cancer and domestic violence. 

For SistahSpeak founder and president Quinn Gee, domestic violence is a personal issue. 

“I am a survivor of domestic violence,” she said. “Domestic violence awareness is usually viewed as the ‘stepchild’ of breast cancer awareness. I hope (Pink and Purple Day) will show others how to recognize the issues of domestic violence.” 

Gee, a psychology senior at Ole Miss, started SistahSpeak to give non-Greek women of color an organization where they could discuss anything and everything. 

The organization first started giving out pins and stickers to raise awareness for breast cancer and domestic violence, Gee said. 

“We wanted to take it a step further,” she said. 

With the help of the Green Dot program and SistahSpeak supporters, Pink and Purple Day was born.

Both domestic violence and breast cancer have dramatic effects on college-aged women. 

Breast cancer is the third deadliest form of cancer, according to msnbc.com. The risk of breast cancer increases with age, but the disease is found to be more deadly when diagnosed at a young age. 

Domestic violence, also known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), sees its highest rate of affected women in the 16 to 24 age range. IPV accounts for as many as half of 911 phone calls and emergency room visits annually. 

Though Pink and Purple Day is dedicated toward raising awareness for both breast cancer and domestic violence awareness, the event is mainly meant to fight the silent, often unnoticed battle between young women and domestic violence. 

“It is a terrific chance to get free candy, take our quiz and to get your nails done,” Gee said. 

Pink and Purple Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Student Union. 

All sexes, races and ages are encouraged to attend. 

“Please wear pink or purple to the event,” Gee said. “It’s a great opportunity to learn about and support breast cancer and domestic violence.” 

If anyone has experienced domestic violence or has any questions regarding domestic violence, the Ole Miss Violence Prevention Office is located in 208 Odom Hall. 

The event is free of charge and promises fun, celebration and education.