Dress Purple Day

Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 is Dress Purple Day in Ontario.  In Durham Region, we have joined together with our key partners from the Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, and Region of Durham Children’s Services Division to share the message that help is available.

Dress Purple Day is part of Child Abuse Prevention Month – an campaign held in October of every year that is symbolized by the purple ribbon.  The purple ribbon has its roots right here in Durham, and serves to remind all Ontarians that we have an obligation to speak up for vulnerable children and youth who may be in need of help.

Durham CAS would like to invite the community to dress purple on October 24, take pictures and use the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence.  Be creative and have fun with your pictures.  By getting involved in Dress Purple Day, you are showing children and youth who need help that they are not alone.

Stay tuned for more information to come throughout the month.  In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017hundreds of schools across the province took part in Dress Purple Day by wearing purple to raise awareness about how it takes a community to prevent child abuse. School also used specialized classroom resources developed by OACAS to support teachers to engage in conversations about safety and well-being with students from JK to Grade 5.

Locally, staff and students from J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate and Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School participated in Dress Purple Day by forming a big “25”, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the purple ribbon.  Thank you to everyone who participated for your support.  We look forward to doing it all again next year!

View the video below to learn more about the work we do and what happens when you call a Children’s Aid Society.