Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Purple Pinkie Project--Bringing Awareness to Teen Dating Violence

Consider the following statistics.
According to
  • Approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide encounter physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • 72% of 8th and 9th graders are reportedly "dating."
  • 70% of college students have been sexually coerced.
  • Violent behavior typically rears its ugly head between the ages of 12 and 18.
These statistics underscore the importance of educating and empowering our youth, as it relates to dating, positive self-esteem and awareness, anger management, and healthy relationship boundaries and behaviors.

The "Purple Pinkie" Project was established to address this growing need.
Created by the Whitney Family in 2012, to honor and remember Alexandra Kogut, a college freshman who was reportedly murdered by her boyfriend, and whose favorite color was purple.

Why does the "pinkie finger" have significance?
It is said to symbolize strength and promise.
In a show of solidarity and support, women and men all over, have painted their pinkies purple and posted their photos on Facebook and other social media circles.

With the Purple Pinkie Charitable Foundation's advocacy, efforts and involvement, perhaps we can come one step closer to creating a kinder, gentler generation for the future.

To learn more, or to make a contribution, visit: