Dave Pearce, Ian Rowan, Clint Thompson, Dr Harrie Swanepoel and Sgt Ken Hendrie are proud White Ribbon Day ambassadors.
Dave Pearce, Ian Rowan, Clint Thompson, Dr Harrie Swanepoel and Sgt Ken Hendrie are proud White Ribbon Day ambassadors. DESIRAE KIRBY

Speaking out against violence

A HUNDRED Bundaberg men were urged to get online and start swearing yesterday, as part of a campaign against domestic violence.

The men, and a further 100-plus women, were at the Bundaberg RSL for the Zonta Club of Bundaberg’s White Ribbon breakfast, aimed at getting men involved in the fight against domestic abuse.

“We asked the men to go online, and make an oath that they would not condone violence against women, and would not remain silent about it,” Zonta Bundaberg spokeswoman Debbie Leis said.

She said guest speaker Dr Brian Sullivan left the crowd with plenty to think about after revealing that in his studies, more than 75% of people reported a direct exposure to domestic violence.

“Then he pointed out that men could help make a difference, and that they shouldn’t stay quiet about violence but speak up about it,” Ms Leis said.

“Two hundred people walked away from the breakfast thinking: ‘My God, I really can make a difference.’”

Zonta Bundaberg public relations officer Desirae Kirby was delighted to see an equal number of men and women at the event.

“It’s all about getting men to stand up and say they will make that oath, so we were thrilled to see so many there,” Ms Kirby said.

“Dr Sullivan encouraged them to take the message back to their daily lives — individually and through their workplaces.”

The My Oath campaign encourages men from all walks of life to take an oath to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women.

Visit www.myoath.com.au to make a pledge.



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