Cape men and boys gather to take the pledge on White Ribbon Day

Violence against women gathering is March 6 in Yarmouth

On Thursday, March 6 from 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cape Cod men and boys are encouraged to join representatives of Independence House, the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office and the Yarmouth Police Department for a Massachusetts White Ribbon Day gathering at the Cape Cod Irish Village in South Yarmouth.

White Ribbon Day is a men's initiative project of Jane Doe, Inc.  On White Ribbon Day--now in its seventh year--men and boys take a pledge to be part of the solution to ending violence against women. Pledge takers will receive a white ribbon to wear in honor of their committment.

The pledge reads, "From this day forward, I promise to be a part of the solution in ending violence against women."

Governor Deval Patrick is the 2014 Campaign Chairperson for this year's Massachusetts White Ribbon Day. The Ambassador list is long and includes political leaders, business men, educators, sports figures, community members and law enforcement officers.  Local ambassadors include Harwich Chief of Police William Mason, Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos, Yarmouth Police Sergeant Kal Boghdan, Yarmouth Police Lieutenant Patrick Carty, Congressman William Keating and Cape Cod Community College Professor Christine Linn McClure.

The Men's Initiative for Jane Doe, Inc. was established 14 years ago to encourage men and boys to get involved in the fight against violence against women through prevention and education. White Ribbon Day is held the first Thursday in March in honor of Women's History Month and to recognize International Women's Day (March 8).

Men and boys who cannot make it to the pledge at Cape Cod Irish Village, are encouraged to become part of the mission and sign the official pledge online here.

Cape Cod Irish Village is at 822 Route 28 in South Yarmouth.


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