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30 June 2015
White Ribbon Fife continues to go from strength to strength!

White Ribbon campaign celebrates target busting effort! 

FIFE’s White Ribbon campaign is celebrating topping its target of 2000 sign ups six months early.

 

The ambitious target of 2000 sign ups by Christmas for the male-led campaign, which aims to end violence against women, was agreed following success of the campaign last year when 1,000 people took the pledge and signed their support.

Now with over 2,200 sign ups recorded already this year, the campaign is gearing up to reach the milestone of 3000 as soon as possible.

Women and men are asked to pledge their support not to “commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women,” and to wear a white ribbon to show their support for the campaign.


 

Over 80 young people took part in a recent sign up event at Lochgelly High School. Pupils heard a presentation on the work of the campaign before pledging their support.

Chair of the White Ribbon Fife Steering Group is Cllr Kenny Selbie. He explained how important it is to spread the message of the White Ribbon campaign among young people: “We are continually working to encourage more young people to sign up and show their support for the campaign. 

“Domestic abuse and sexual violence can have a huge impact on victims, their families and communities. The White Ribbon campaign aims to change attitudes and say that this behaviour is not ok. More men need to speak out against this abuse and violence against women. It’s something we should all be concerned about and no woman in Fife should be living in fear.

“I’m delighted that we’ve reached this tremendous milestone and look forward to spreading the message and encouraging more sign ups.”

White Ribbon Fife Steering group comprises representatives from Fife Council, NHS Fife, Police Scotland, Fire Scotland, Fife College, and voluntary organisation (including Fife Women’s Aid and Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre) and private sector. 

Recent statistics show:

- Number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police - 4161

- Number of women supported by Fife Women’s Aid - 792

- Number of sexual incidents reported to police - 829

- Number of individuals supported by voluntary sector sexual violence agencies - 563

If you would like to join the campaign or find out more contact: www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk/wrfife or email fdasap@five.gov.uk.

 

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