Thursday, August 03, 2006

Warriors for Peace

Warriors for Peace is an educational organization that is encouraging men and boys to stand up against domestic violence and abuse against women.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics a woman is beaten every 15 seconds. And nearly one third of American women (31%) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives according to the Commonwealth Fund survey conducted in 1998.

It is very clear that there is a problem with domestic violence and abuse. Warriors for Peace recognizes this and has many programs to help men and boys learn to respect women and to become aware of the negative effects of domestic violence and abuse. Their website states, "Boys need help to learn that men don't hurt women, that violence does not equal strength, and that there is honor in taking a stand for respect and against violence."

The Warriors for Peace also have a White Wrist Band Campaign which encourages men and boys to wear a white wristband for one year. They believe that just as violence against women is a year round problem, the work of liberating minds takes a year round effort. To participate in the campaign they encourage men and boys to sign a declaration to never commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women.

To get more information on the campaign visit Warriors for Peace. If you are a man and want to sign the declaration and wear the white band the information is provided on the site. You can find their contact information there and request a band by phone or email. If you are a woman you are encouraged to let the men in your life know about the campaign. I hope that you join me and the hundreds of men who are wearing the white band proudly.

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