The Bedford Police Department announced on Dec. 5 they would be one of 65 affiliates for the 6th annual White Ribbon Day campaign, which focuses on engaging men in the fight to end violence against women, according to a press release from BPD.
Chief Robert Bongiorno said BPD is committed to the fight to end violence against women, and is proud to participate in the White Ribbon Day campaign.
“The Bedford Police Department takes violence against women seriously and we will continue to work with our partners in the community to promote safety and respect in all relationships," said Bongiorno "United, we are taking a stand and participating in the White Ribbon Day."
The focus of the campaign is to engage men in conversation about how to end violence against women.
"Men are asked to help shift the conversation from being the protectors of women to engaging other men inending men’s violence against women," according to the press release.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts CEO Jarrett Barrios will serve as Co-Chairs of this year’s campaign. Gov. Deval Patrick will once again serve as Honorary Chair of the campaign.
Mary Lauby, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc., who organizes the campaign every year, said it is important to have state leaders involved in the campaign to promote respect and the importance of ending violence against women.
“Men like District Attorney Conley, Mr. Barrios and the hundreds of Ambassadors across the Commonwealth are proof that men are expanding their understanding of what it means to be a man must include a commitment to healthy masculinity and non-violence,” Lauby said in the release.
Stay tuned to Bedford Patch to find out how you can become involved in the White Ribbon Day campaign.