COMPASS Rape Crisis to Host Purses for a Purpose Event

Tote, satchel, clutch or hobo – whatever style handbag you favor, you can find it at Purses for a Purpose. A signature COMPASS (Sexual Assault Education, Prevention & Support) (COMPASS) event, Purses for a Purpose kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with an online purse auction and a culminating in-person celebration on April 3 at The Barrel Room in North Canton.

The auction will have a wide selection of purses, bags, and totes to bid on– and each bag is filled with mystery items with a minimum value of $50!  Online bidding will begin March 15 and will end at 7:30pm on April 3.

Handbags from designers including Betsy Johnson, Kate Spade, Coach, ALDO and more will be available for bidding and mystery items inside include gift cards, wine, jewelry, Alexa Show 5, JBL speaker and MORE!!!

Tickets for the in-person celebration are $25 and include appetizers and a cash bar.  The Barrel Room is generously donating 10% of all beverage sales that evening back to COMPASS.  To purchase tickets, visit  Or to donate or get further information email

Proceeds raised from Purses for a Purpose will support crisis intervention and advocacy support, along with the purchase of comfort kits, journals, and other healing items for survivors of sexual assault.

The mission and vision of COMPASS is to promote the healing of individuals impacted by sexual violence, create social change and to strive for a community where all people can live free of sexual violence. For more than 25 years COMPASS has been serving the Stark, Tuscarawas, and Carroll County communities by providing education, prevention and support to schools and organizations.

The 24-hour hotline for those seeking assistance regarding a sexual assault is: 330-339-1427 (Tusc) or 330-452-1111 (Stark).

Information on trainings, prevention programs or counseling services, can be found on the COMPASS website:


COMPASS provides victim advocacy, sexual assault prevention through community awareness and education, and support groups for sexual assault survivors. COMPASS is an affiliate of Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. Goodwill is a proven social enterprise that works closely with other non-profit agencies as well as community businesses to prepare people for a variety of stable career options and in turn, a more productive and sustainable way of life. Revenue from its retail stores helps Goodwill provide people with the life changing, skill-building programs and services needed to remove common barriers to good jobs. Learn more at