Men Pledge to End Domestic Violence at Cape Cod White Ribbon Day


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WEST BARNSTABLE – For the seventh straight year, the Annual Cape Cod White Ribbon Day put out a call for men and boys across the Cape on Thursday to take action against domestic violence.

Established as part of the 12th Annual Commonwealth of Massachusetts White Ribbon Day, the event spreads awareness among males in the community about the issue of men’s violence against women and gender based violence, along with taking action to be part of the solution.

“White Ribbon Day is a day where we ask men to come forward and become part of the solution of preventing violence against women and all genders,” said Chris Morin, Director of Prevention Education at Independence House.

“Typically, it’s the first day in March, but it can be any day.”

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Held at Cape Cod Community College, the event was organized in a collaborative effort between Independence House, the Yarmouth Police Department and the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.  

During White Ribbon Day, men of all ages took part in a pledge not to commit violence against women and children, signing their names on a series of enlarged pledges in different areas of the room.

However, Morin says the event involves far more than just signing the pledge.

“This day is about interaction, so we have different tables here that ask people different questions, have different conversations about relationships about what our culture tells us men and women should be, that kind of thing,” said Morin.

“The police come and the legislators come, we put the word out and it’s meant for a day of interaction instead of just taking a pledge and going home.”

The event was held at the Cape Cod Community College campus in West Barnstable.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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