Local Men Pledge to End Rape

Date: 
Friday, July 6, 2012

For Immediate Release

Local Men Pledge to End Rape

VANCOUVER - A group of local men have initiated a new campaign to end rape in the lower mainland: I Pledge to End Rape.

The campaign is calling on men to commit to three principles: to have the explicit consent of their sexual partners, to encourage other men to do the same and tosupport the work of rape crisis centers by monetary donation.

Brian Cross, one of the men who initiated the campaign explains: “Since men are the perpetrators of violence against women, it's only fair that we share the responsibility for stopping it. This simple pledge makes it easy for us all to take effective action. We commit personally to behave with dignity, to mentor others to do the same, and to provide support to the women who deal with the consequences of male violence. All three steps are necessary:  personal responsibility for our actions, social responsibility for our fellow men, concrete support so that women have the resources to act.”

Katie Streibel, a member of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter: “We are expecting men to take an active stand against rape and we are encouraged by this initiative. We are calling on all men to participate in the campaign by pledging to end rape.”

Watch the vimeo of the Campaign:  http://www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca/learn/resources/i-pledge-end-rape

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is the oldest rape crisis center in Canada founded in 1973. In the past year alone, its rape crisis centre responded to more than 1,400 male attacks against women.

Media contact: Hilla Kerner - 604-872-8212, [email protected]

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