May Be Me was launched in 2012 to support METRAC’s work to prevent violence. Into the future, we hope to build on its success and branch out to benefit other charities that prevent violence, building a movement of diverse people who want to stop the violence before it starts.
Register online and choose how you’ll express yourself in purple on May Be Me Day (May 31). Register as an individual or join or create a team. Then use the easy online tools to raise awareness with friends and family and gather pledges. You don’t have to wait for the month of May – join and act now!
May Be Me events are held year-round to raise awareness and build support. Go to our event page for information about our upcoming events.
Host your own unique event to support the May Be Me Campaign! No event is too big or too small. You can do a:
You can include anyone in your life to participate. This includes fellow employees, groups and committees you’re a part of, friends, family members, neighbours, faith groups, sports teams and clubs.
Read more and register your event by using our Kit for Hosting Your Own Campaign Event (43 KB, PDF).
In Canada, one in two women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetimes. Youth, especially girls, are most at risk. Sexual harassment at school is a daily reality, and so is bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Studies show that women and youth who face violence experience negative emotional, physical and mental impacts. They experience isolation, blame, fear and silencing. Indeed, violence can take away the freedom to express and truly be yourself.
May Be Me seeks to do the opposite of what violence does. It encourages people to express themselves. It breaks the silence that violence creates and builds the movement of people who want to stop violence against women and youth before it starts.
Purple ribbons have been used across the globe to raise awareness about domestic violence, bullying and homophobia. Purple is connected to International Women’s Day and various campaigns addressing the issue of violence against women and youth.