White Ribbon Day - Men Take a Stand Against Violence Towards Women
Men in Mole Valley invited to take a stand and speak out
More than 30 men gathered outside Mole Valley District Council's offices in Dorking to show their support for the national White Ribbon campaign, encouraging men to speak out and challenge abuse and violence against women and girls.
In a public statement, Paul Anderson, Executive Head of Service at Mole Valley District Council said, "As a White Ribbon Campaign ambassador, I am supporting White Ribbon UK's aim to end male violence against women. Today's photo is the beginning of a week's publicity to support the campaign and encourage men within Mole Valley District Council and across the community to pledge their support to 'Never excuse or remain silent about male violence against women'.
"The facts are shocking. Two women every week are killed by a current or former partner. Six out of seven victims of domestic violence are women and 9 out of 10 defendants are men. Twenty percent of women have experienced sexual assault and 10,000 women are sexually abused every week in the UK.
"To bring about real change we must encourage men to be part of the solution and promote positive role models in society. We are not ignoring female violence towards males, this campaign is specifically about male violence and males need to be engaged in conversations to promote real changes.
"By gathering here today we are all standing together to support the campaign's messages. If you are someone in need of help, we hope our message of support will encourage you to seek help safely."
More information on the campaign can be found at www.whiteribbon.org.uk .
If you need access to help, the following numbers may be useful:
Rape Crisis - 0808 802 9999
Women's Aid - 0808 2000 247
Galop (LGBT+) - 0800 999 5428