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Purple Socks Awareness brings attention to Teen Dating violence
by Holly Coombs holly@ironcountytoday.com
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Purple socks and purple ribbons were worn at several county-wide basketball games this past week as the 4th Annual Purple Sock Awareness Event took place to bring awareness during February, which is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

As a Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center fundraiser, the awareness is something of importance, according to a press release.

Varsity basketball teams at Parowan, Cedar and Canyon View wore purple socks at their games this week, helping to bring about awareness of the “need to be nice.” Purple is the ribbon color that is a unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor and dedication in the hope of ending domestic and relationship violence, according to a release.

The center staff sponsored the event and they said they believe it targets kindness as key component of eliminating this social problem that affects one in three teens during the dating years.

Maureen Einfeldt, secretary of the Board of Directors for the center, said the event has been happening since February of 2014 and because teen violence is so important because it teaches a child early about the importance of being kind in relationships in their youth.

Parowan High School kicked off the month’s activities with a successful event on Feb. 1 that generated nearly $600 from fans and local Parowan businesses. Cowen Manufacturing, Mineer Custom Cabinets and Prints, D. Harris Custom Cabinets, the Chevron and Biasi Automotive teamed together in support of this event that helps women and children in shelter.

Girls and boys basketball teams at both Canyon View High School and Cedar High School had their Purple Games to mark this event at home games. The Lady Falcons paired off against North Sanpete and the Lady Reds played Hurricane that same day on their home court. That Friday, both Canyon View and Cedar High boys played home games while wearing purple socks.

The local sponsors for these four events were Pace’s Culligan Water and Dr. Scott Albrecht at Southern Utah Vision Care. Socks were also sold for $10 per pair throughout the week at these high schools at the lunch hour and at the games, so that fans and patrons can also have purple socks.

“Awareness events like these educate the public regarding the prevalence of teen violence and the need to educate and protect our teens through awareness and prevention education during these formative dating years,” according to the release. “It is important to note that events like these also allow the CCWCC to be able to access important grant funding that is specific to community support of the shelter and awareness for teens relative to this dating violence issue.”

By bringing this issue to light through these awareness events, the hope is that more parents and teens will be prepared through healthy communication and prevention so as to keep them safe when they are developing important teen friendships, the release stated.

“It’s a great awareness event on how the teens react, communicate and treat those they date,” Einfeldt said.

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