Posted by Sy Friedland, Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, March 3 is White Ribbon Day here in Massachusetts. As I’ve done in years past, I will renew my White Ribbon Day pledge.

From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution
to ending violence against women.

created at: 2011-02-28I am renewing my pledge because as a man and as a member of this community, I have a part to play in challenging cultural norms and messages that, either tacitly or explicitly, tolerate violence and other forms of abuse and disrespect.

The White Ribbon Campaign shines a light on the aspects of our culture that allow abuse to be waved off and marginalized. Aspects of our culture that imply that perhaps the survivor did something to deserve a punch in the face or secretly enjoyed coerced or forced sex. Aspects of our culture that allow us to think that abuse happens to other people. Not to our family, friends, and neighbors. Not in the Jewish community.

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