Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Violence Is Never Okay

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Violence Is Never Okay

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Emma Reid

emma.reid@news-mail.com.au

THE fight to stop violence against women comes to the forefront this month with a White Ribbon Day breakfast being held at the RSL on November 25.

One of Bundaberg's White Ribbon Day ambassadors, Rod Medew, said the event was open to the public with the aim to educate.

"As an ambassador we have the duty to provide information and an education role to younger males," Mr Medew said.

"This year we will have 16 to 17-year-old males from Kepnock High and St Luke's attend," he said.

The campaign started in 1991 on the second anniversary of a massacre which was gender-specific, targeting females.

"A lone gunman entered a university in Montreal, Canada, and separated the males to one side of the room and the females to the other," Mr Medew said.

"The man massacred the women and left the men to watch," he said.

"Two years later that day became White Ribbon Day where males took on the role as ambassador.

"It's a day of acknowledgment around the world to stop violence against women."

Mr Medew said it was good to raise awareness in Bundaberg because of the high rate of domestic violence. …

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