Baseball, SMART To Host Sixth Annual White Ribbon Day In Balfour Hood

Baseball, SMART To Host Sixth Annual White Ribbon Day In Balfour Hood

Lyons encourage the Wheaton community to take the pledge

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team and the College's Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (SMART) will host the sixth annual statewide White Ribbon Day Campaign on Thursday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Balfour Hood.

Massachusetts White Ribbon Day is part of an international effort to engage more men and boys to prevent violence against women. The baseball team encourages all Wheaton College community members to take the pledge in Balfour Hood on Thursday and wear the White Ribbon they are given. The Lyons and SMART will also host a White Ribbon Day game on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. against Southern Maine in an effort to increase awareness and support of the initiative.

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women.

The campaign began in 1991, when a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to violence against women. With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men across Canada wore a white ribbon, while many others were drawn into discussion and debate. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying, "Our future has no violence against women."

For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign, please visit http://www.whiteribbon.ca/. And for more information on the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, please visit http://whiteribbonday.janedoe.org/index.html.