Introduction to Purple, Phoenix's Partner in Crime Fighting and Life
You could say I am Phoenix’s #1 fan, biggest supporter, and source of encouragement to him and The Rain City Superhero Movement. I’ve worked behind the scenes until the beginning of 2011 when I felt my call to action. I finally had the strength to take on a public role by adopting the persona of Purple Reign.
My goal is to inspire others that they too can be a 'crime fighter’ or ‘superhero' on or off the streets. No one should stand around and let crime happen, there are ways for people of all levels and skill to get involved, prevent, and report crime. Phoenix focuses on fighting violent crime in the streets, I fight against abusive crimes that take place at home and in schools, in addition to street crime.
In my past, I myself was a victim of domestic violence. Afraid for my life, I was unable to comprehend reporting these violent acts and did not go to the police. Over time this put others as well as myself in life-threatening danger and further perpetuated the cycle of abuse. After nearly losing my life, I finally took a stand and did what was right. In doing so I took the power away from my abuser. Never again will I stand by and be a victim or allow others to be victims of any crime or abuse.
Phoenix has said, "If everyone were to report crime, there would be no crime."
Why do I wear purple and call myself Purple Reign?
"As a survivor of abuse, I wear the color purple to symbolize my determination to speak up for Domestic Violence victims. I use my 'superhero persona' to raise awareness about this cause. It is my dream to inspire victims and to give them the resources and strength to transform into survivors as a hero once did for me."
I now reign as the ruler in my life, not allowing anyone to hold abusive authority over me ever again. As a result of my past experiences, I help organize fundraising and charity events and speak publicly about abuse and bullying. I do not tolerate bullies or people that commit hate crimes. It has become my personal mission and goal to protect other woman, children, and even men; giving them the strength and a voice to stand against abuse - whether it be physical, sexual, emotional, racial, discriminatory, sexist, or financial.As a costumed activist (‘superhero’) I also participate in active crime prevention by joining Phoenix and the RCSM on their nightly patrols. My background consists of martial arts training as well as a professional career in fitness and strength training.
As a woman and mother I feel my personal strengths are unique and centered around compassion, love, and intellect - rather than combating violence with violence.My team has adopted me as the 'real life Oracle’. As a part of this role, I do extensive research on crime trends, police reports, and incident responses. Based on the information I obtain, we plan out our patrols. Included in my role I also research the gear and protective wear we use, help to design and mend the ‘super suits’ plus taking care of any technical needs (like GPS tracking during patrols for example). 911 is on speed dial and used when necessary whether I am in the suit or not, in fact I see and report more crime in my everyday clothes than in my 'super suit'. Reporting and stopping crime is what this effort is all about.
Phoenix has a dream and is living it by using his special strengths and talents to prevent crime and protect the citizens of our city. I have the utmost respect for him and will do everything in my power to support our mutual goal and efforts. I am lucky to not only have found my partner in life, but my ‘partner in crime fighting’ as well.