BOSTON (Feb. 14, 2011) - As a local affiliate of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, Northeastern University is calling upon students to stand up and be counted as allies against violence. Northeastern Athletics and the Violence Support, Intervention and Outreach Network (ViSION) have partnered with Jane Doe Inc. to host a proclamation event during the men's basketball game against Delaware on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Matthews Arena.
Northeastern community members will be invited to demonstrate their
commitment to being part of the campaign to end violence against all by
taking the white ribbon pledge as well as serve as ambassadors who
recruit colleagues and friends to join in taking the pledge. ViSION and
Jane Doe Inc. will be at the game to distribute white ribbons to those
who take the pledge.
During a special halftime ceremony, Northeastern Director of Athletics
Peter Roby will take the white ribbon pledge and will receive a white
ribbon from Craig Norberg-Bohm, Jane Doe Inc.'s White Ribbon Day
ViSION and athletics will also unveil a public service announcement
(PSA) around the issue of violence prevention during the game. Members
from the Northeastern community, including athletes and student leaders
from a variety of cultural and fraternal organizations contributed their
voices to the PSA to encourage the community to take a stand against
ViSION brings together a network of campus and community allies focused
on providing sexual assault prevention, response and education for
"We are proud to be involved in this PSA to bring awareness to the White
Ribbon Day Campaign and the movement against violence," stated Kendrick
Murphy, member education chair of Beta Theta Pi and doctor of pharmacy
candidate (2012). "Beta has been a strong proponent for violence
prevention and education programs at Northeastern for several years now
and we appreciate the chance to speak out about men's roles in
decreasing domestic violence and sexual assault."
The fourth annual White Ribbon Day is a statewide campaign sponsored by
Jane Doe Inc. Throughout the month, men across the state will show their
support by encouraging others in their organizations, families and
workplaces to wear a white ribbon, place a poster up at their
workplaces, spread the word about the campaign, organize local events to
speak out against violence towards women, and challenge attitudes and
behaviors which condone or tolerate violence.
"We're taking our cue from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
that speaks to how violence against women is a human rights violation
and how these abuses around the world are obstacles to efforts for peace
and gender equality in all societies," said Craig Norberg-Bohm, Jane
Doe Inc.'s White Ribbon Day campaign coordinator.
White Ribbon Day began in Canada in 1991, two years after the Montreal
Massacre in which 14 female students at the University of Montreal were
killed and 13 other students wounded by a single gunman. Canadians
organized a response to show their support to victims of violence
everywhere. The White Ribbon Day Campaign has grown internationally in
the past 20 years.
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