Violence Prevention Center launches White Ribbon campaign
The White Ribbon Campaign began 20 years ago, growing to be
an international campaign involving 47 countries. It was started by a
small group of men in Canada who explained their involvement, “We
knew that the majority of men in Canada did not beat their wives or
sexually abuse their girlfriends. But we knew we had been silent about
this violence and through our silence we had allowed the violence to
They came up with the idea of actively engaging men to stand up and
take a pledge and wear a white ribbon as a symbol of their position
against violence. With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men
across Canada wore a white ribbon, while many others were drawn into
discussion and debate.
The Violence Prevention Center is inviting the entire Cook County
community to do the same. The Center asks the community to examine
attitudes and behaviors in the belief that all of us have the
responsibility to talk to people around us to challenge words and
behavior that is abusive, domineering, bullying, or that encourages
physical, emotional and sexual violence.
Cook County residents are being asked to make a pledge to “never
commit, condone or remain silent about violence against another
And to wear a white ribbon throughout the month of April, which is
Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Ribbons are available at the Violence
Prevention Center and various locations throughout the county. White
ribbons can also be displayed on mailboxes, decks and vehicles as a
symbol of this pledge.
The pledge is a commitment to hold each other accountable for the
prevalence and pervasiveness of violence. For more information, call
the Violence Prevention Center at (218) 387-1262.