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Boys draw line in the sand on violence against women

Year 10 boys from Kempsey High School, teachers and local representatives from YP Space, Kempsey Family Support, Family and Community Services, Kempsey Women’s Refuge, Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services and Kempsey police at the school as part of White Ribbon Day

YOUNG men in Kempsey have vowed to help put a stop to violence against women after making a pledge as part of White Ribbon Day.

The group of Year 10 boys fronted a special school assembly on Wednesday morning where they swore to “stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women”. PDHPE teacher Jed Peisley said the assembly was part of the school’s ongoing efforts to educate students about the impacts of domes-tic violence. “The course focuses on caring and respectful relationships, domestic violence and accessing support services. We look at how to manage our feelings in a non-violent way, and the forms of domestic violence – not just the physical but the emotional side,” he said.“ Basically the boys lead the assembly.

They are not told to do it they are invited to take the oath. It’s been running for the past four years now. “Every year we are the biggest community organisation to take the oath in Kempsey. “I’m very proud of the character of the young men. It shows the future is quite bright in our community and the culture is changing. ”White Ribbon Day signals the start of the16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).

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We are funded by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice under the Early Intervention Prevention Program and Families NSW. Engage2Change Men’s Behaviour Change Project is funded by NSW Office of Women. Speakout4kids is funded by the Benevolent Society.

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