LETTER: I will not support White Ribbon Day

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According to the Chad, Mansfield District Council is supporting White Ribbon Day on November 25 which will involve asking people to sign a pledge to “never commit, excuse or stay silent about male violence against women”.

As a woman I cannot and will not support this event;. Violence is not a gendered issue and men can also be victims of abuse and violence. There are far more refuge places open to women than men and men are not considered a priority for re- housing, even when they have left an abusive relationship. Help for female victims is not perfect but for men is almost non-existent. Violence and abuse can also affect gay/lesbian relationships but this is also not reflected in the current campaign as it currently reads.

I will only support this event when it recognises ALL victims of abuse and violence and I am saddened the council is giving a voice to such a one sided campaign.

Further information about support for male victims can be found at www.mankind.org.uk and www.staybraveuk.org amongst others.

Karen Russell