(November 3, 2014)
Leduc County, Alberta – The Leduc and District Family Violence Prevention Team (FVPT) is encouraging men and boys to take the pledge to end the cycle of family violence, as part of Family Violence Prevention Month.
"Family violence is a problem in our province and in our community. By having young men and boys take a stand, it sets the tone that violence is not okay in society," says Ed Rifo, member of the FVPT. "As a team, we seek to prevent violence and foster healthy relationships in the community,"
This morning, dozens of men, including each member of the Leduc Composite High School football team, pledged to never commit, condone or remain silent about gender-based violence, in support of the White Ribbon campaign.
White Ribbon is a non-profit organization which positively engages men, young men and boys through educational programming that challenges language and behaviours, as well as harmful ideas of manhood that lead to violence against women.
"By raising awareness about family violence with young men, we believe we are laying the foundation for healthy relationships that are equal and violence-free," says Rifo. "With continued education and awareness, we are moving towards a community free from family violence."
The FVPT encourages men and boys to take the pledge by visiting www.whiteribbon.ca/pledge.
The Leduc and District Family Violence Prevention Team is comprised of various community agencies that work collaboratively to foster communities living free from family violence