White Ribbon Day

Domestic violence is about one person getting and keeping control over another person in an intimate relationship. Although it happens in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships, to people of all ages, cultures, and income brackets, statistics show that over 80% of the victims of domestic violence are women and that in the United States, on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking, by an intimate partner.

For some men a “marriage license” is considered a “hitting license” and boys who experience domestic violence in the home often grow up to become abusers as adults.

The White Ribbon Campaign is an annual event that calls on men to stand up against domestic violence, to use their influence with other men to redefine notions of masculinity and intervene in the presence of shameful, humiliating, and hurtful speech and actions against women and girls.

This Thursday, March 5th, Law Enforcement Agencies around Cape Cod will be hosting a White Ribbon Day event to create awareness among the men in the community about the issue of men’s violence against women. Here to talk with me about it are Police Chiefs Ron Fissette of Wellfleet and Edward Kulhawik of Eastham.

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