The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of this, you may have seen people throughout the month of October with one pinky painted purple. This is not a goofy fashion trend, but something known as the Purple Pinky Project.
The Purple Pinky Project was created five years ago to honor 18-year-old Alex Kogut. Kogut was killed in her college dorm room by her boyfriend. Kogut’s family wanted to do something to honor her and raise awareness about domestic violence. They chose purple because it was Kogut’s favorite color, and they chose to color the pinky because it would stand out and get people asking about it. The pinky finger also symbolizes strength and promise.
MCSA in Muscatine is a part of a Prevent Violence Coalition that comes together once a month to brainstorm projects they can do as a group to lift up the community.
“The Purple Pinky Project raises Muscatine to take a stand, and we want people to know that they have somewhere safe to go if they are in an abusive relationship,” says Judy Yates of MCSA. The group has gone to different locations in Muscatine to paint pinkies purple as well as inform people about the Purple Pinky Project and raise awareness of domestic violence. The Purple Pinky project and MCSA work every day to continue to raise awareness and bring people to safety from unsafe situations. You can help raise awareness by painting your pinky purple the month of October.