A CSE survivor has backed a former footballer’s new colour-coded campaign to raise awareness and get people talking.
Sammy Woodhouse is supporting Purple Friday on September 15, an idea by ex-Preston North End reserve player David Lean.
David’s public disclosure last year about his own abuse helped unearth the football abuse scandal and now he is an ambassador for charity Voicing CSA.
Fellow ambassador Sammy said: “Purple Friday is a great idea. David is very passionate about his campaign work and I’m fully supporting it.
“It’s simple, easy and brings people together to help fight against abuse. I hope to see everyone get involved and I’m looking forward to see what everyone will be wearing.”
David was abused in 1980 by a football coach, who was jailed for two years.
“Many people look to purple as having healing qualities, which is why I chose it,” said David. “The idea of Purple Friday is very simple and free.
“There’s two aspects and the first is to wear purple items on September 15, as much or as little of the colour as people would like, in order to start conversations on CSE.
“The second is to tweet and share photos on social media using #purplefriday in an attempt to get it trending.
“It’s not about charity or raising money. It’s about getting people talking. I would love for schools and businesses to get involved too.”
He added: “After my public disclosure in November 2016, I have been actively raising awareness of CSA through a series of events, including running a marathon and three half marathons, with over £3,000 raised so far.
“I have also done a 24-hour walk in Blackpool. Basically, I’m doing everything I can to raise awareness to a new audience and always looking at how to reach new people, especially young parents and teenagers.
“Purple Friday could reach millions of people, who do not normally discuss these major issues. If it stops CSA and CSE happening for just one child it will be worth it.”