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Amcclain_smBy DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain

 “From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.” Massachusetts White Ribbon Pledge 

On December 6, 2011, Jane Doe Inc., a statewide coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, launched the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, calling on men to step up and be part of the solution in ending men’s violence against women. I am honored to join Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, and my Co-Chair of the 2012 White Ribbon Day Campaign.

On March 1, 2012, Jane Doe Inc. will host the fifth annual statewide White Ribbon Day Event, calling upon men to stand up and be counted as allies in the fight against violence against women. An event will be held at the State House to commemorate White Ribbon Day, at 1:00 p.m., in the Great Hall. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

As part of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, men and boys are invited to take the White Ribbon Pledge, and sign up to be ambassadors. Ambassadors are men who have taken the Pledge to stand up against sexual and domestic violence and have committed to serving as examples for other men and boys.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

  • Take the pledge and sign up to be an ambassador at www.janedoe.org/whiteribbonday; when you sign up to be an Ambassador you are agreeing to recruit at least five men or boys to join you to take the pledge and to help raise awareness.    
  • Wear the White Ribbon as a symbol that you are against violence against women; 
  • Attend the fifth annual White Ribbon Day event at the State House on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m;
  • Get involved with a local White Ribbon Day event; and/or
  • Host a White Ribbon Day event.

The campaign is targeted at raising awareness and action among men, but women can participate by spreading the word to men they know and encouraging them to become ambassadors.

I was proud to join men from the leadership team at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) on January 23, when we stood together to take the pledge, committing to be part of the solution in ending violence against women. As men, it is our responsibility to set an example for young men and boys who look up to us which is why it is so important that men sign up as ambassadors and join this cause. We all have an important role to play in promoting awareness and prevention regarding sexual assault and domestic violence against women. 

Great strides have been taken toward reducing sexual and domestic violence, but there is still important work to be done to ensure that women are safe in their homes and in their relationships. On March 1st, and throughout the year, let’s all stand together to reduce, and eventually eliminate, all forms of violence against women.

To find out more about White Ribbon Campaign in Massachusetts and internationally visit: www.janedoe.org/whiteribbonday .

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