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The purse being referred to is one that carries the concealed emotions of silent cries, quiet hurts, and loud pains. Men and women, the young and the old, carry this particular item. Our lives are like purses in so many ways, even without physically carrying one. So many people have personal stories too hurtful and shameful to disclose.

People may keep their feelings concealed and shielded from others, while carrying heavy burdens that could have a lasting effect not only on the victim, but also on their loved ones. Some accessories that can be found in peoples’ invisible purses are loneliness, depression, low self-esteem, abuse, rape, or even fear.

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The goal of P.U.R.S.E. is to Stop Teen Dating Violence!  P.U.R.S.E. addresses the question, ‘What are you carrying?” Teen violence often goes unreported simply because some teens view jealousy and hitting from their dating partner as a form of love.  P.U.R.S.E. believes if teens are informed and educated early about the signs of abuse this will decrease the chances of them being subjected to violence at a young age and curve the likelihood of them becoming victims of abuse as adults.


P.U.R.S.E. Foundation partners with schools, shelters, churches and foster care facilities in the Metro Atlanta Area to provide free Teen Dating Violence workshops; which prepare students to proactively take action against a possible abusive dating partner and enhance their ability to recognize the signs of a healthy and unhealthy relationship.


The mission of P.U.R.S.E. is to Educate, Encourage & Empower teens and community members to take a stand against violence.



Nova Henry was to attend her grandmother’s funeral on Saturday, but when she didn’t show up for her hair appointment; family members suspected something was wrong. Nova’s mother, Yolan Henry, went to Nova’s South Loop apartment where she discovered Nova’s body as well as the body of Nova’s young daughter, Ava. Nova’s three-year-old son was asleep on a chair, his mother and sister’s blood on his hands and feet. Yolan said of the discovery. “I wish I didn’t find her. I wish nobody had found her like that.”In interviews with the Tribune, family members described how Nova had moved to the apartment shortly after Christmas and had installed a security system just last week, all efforts to get away from an ex-boyfriend who was stalking her. The ex-boyfriend, who had previously had an order of protection issued against him by Henry, was interviewed by police but released on bail, charged only with trespassing for refusing to leave the hotel where police found him. Lawyer Frederick Goings was arrested on February 20, 2009,

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