About the Author of the Purple Hands Pledge® and Creator of Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project®:
Ann S. Kelly, Founder, and Executive Director –
Martial Artist/Self-Defense Specialist, Sandan (Black Belt), Owner of Safe & Sound Self-Defense Education, Founding Member and past Chair – Domestic Violence Education & Prevention Coalition of Salem. Married 54 years to husband Bob, together raised three sons and have six grandchildren.
Ann’s inspiration for writing the Purple Hands Pledge® and creating the Purple Hand/Red Heart logo comes from a lifetime of varied experiences. A martial artist and self-defense specialist teaching classes in self-protection, she saw that abuse, violence, and suicide were escalating, particularly in children.
Ann and her husband Bob, an Emergency Physician, work routinely with victims and survivors of abuse and violence and wanted to do more in the area of abuse, violence, & suicide prevention education.
It is their belief that Education is the light in the darkness and the voice that breaks the silence.