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Vera House launches White Ribbon Campaign at MPH

Aims to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence

Picture: Students in the “Mentors in Violence Prevention” program at MPH on stage at the press conference on Feb. 14. The program aims to raise awareness within the school and community about domestic and sexual violence and how to recognize it.

Picture: Students in the “Mentors in Violence Prevention” program at MPH on stage at the press conference on Feb. 14. The program aims to raise awareness within the school and community about domestic and sexual violence and how to recognize it. Allie Wenner

— “Wearing the white ribbon is so important, it’s a commitment,” Benton said. “When someone purchases a ribbon we ask that they wear it as a promise to not stand silent in the face of abuse. Someone who wears that ribbon commits to not support, condone, or remain silent against abuse.”

This year, the White Ribbon Campaign honorary chairs are Michael Benny and Matt Mulcahy from CNY Central and Dan Cummings from News Channel 9. All three were on hand at the press conference to speak out against domestic violence and pledge their support for the campaign.

“There’s so much heaviness as we roll out this campaign, but there is also so much light,” Benny said. “You saw it in some of the MPH students here today. That is representative of the light that comes from this campaign – the young people who are learning how to do this right.”

Last year’s campaign raised over $70,000 for Vera House’s education and awareness programs, just like the one at MPH. The ten day campaign starts on April 12 but pins, ribbons and wristbands to support the White Ribbon Campaign can be purchased now at verahouse.org.

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