25th Annual White Ribbon Campaign

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The 25th annual White Ribbon Campaign kicked off for Vera House on March 1st with a breakfast. They’ll end their campaign with their White Ribbon Campaign Walk on March 29th at noon in Clinton Square, Syracuse. You may see people in the community sporting a white ribbon and pledging not to stay silent about domestic abuse. “It’s an effort led by men in the community with the support of others to end domestic violence, sexual assault and elderly abuse,” says George Kilpatrick, Vera House’s men’s outreach program coordinator. “It’s about education and the only way to educate yourself is to be involved,” adds this year’s honorary chair, Calvin Corriders. “No one’s casting any aspersions. No one’s pointing any fingers. It’s having a conversation to educate ourselves.”

The White Ribbon Campaign’s goal is to have men join the cause and commit to stopping domestic and sexual abuse. “A lot of men are not really having these conversations so the work that we’re doing is getting men comfortable having these conversations but also having the conversations with one another,” says Kilpatrick. “[Get men to] talk about the things that they have to unlearn, that in some ways, promote domestic violence and sexual assault.” Kilpatrick refers to words or phrases, actions and beliefs that promote violence that men may learn at a young age.

The Vera House is hoping to have 1,000 men walk in support of their campaign Friday, March 29th at their annual walk.

For the 25th anniversary, black wristbands marked with a white ribbon are being handed out. On the inside of the wristbands is a 24-hour hotline, which is open for anyone to call at any time.

For more information visit VeraHouse.org.

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