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JDI's "Display of Character" Opens in Springfield, MA - Sept 30 thru Oct 14, 2016

ON BEHALF OF JDI MEMBER PROGRAM:  Womanshelter/Compañeras
 
PRESS RELEASE:  September 30, 2016
Contact: Sue Scully, Phone: 413.538.9717, Email: sscully@womanshelter.org
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
*LIVE COVERAGE REQUESTED*
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 • 12:30pm
Ground Level, Tower Square, Springfield
 
In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Womanshelter/Compañeras invites all members of local communities to attend a unique event at Tower Square in Springfield. The event is free and open to the public.
 
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Womanshelter will mark the two week-long Western Mass opening of “Displays of Character: Men Reimagining Manhood” at 12:30pm on the first level of Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield. This museum-quality exhibit, created by Jane Doe Inc., features powerful portraits and interviews with thirteen Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign Ambassadors who represent thousands of men and boys across the Commonwealth who have taken the White Ribbon Day Pledge to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all gender-based violence. The event will feature guest speaker State Representative Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) and a special presentation of recognition to the Ware Public School District. Further remarks will be made by Craig Norberg-Bohm, the founder of Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign.
 
“We know that domestic violence/intimate partner violence, teen dating violence and sexual violence will never end without the engagement of men and boys in the work that we do,” states Karen B. Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Womanshelter/Compañeras. “That engagement is happening, and we are proud to showcase this display from our statewide coalition, Jane Doe Inc., and hope it will encourage more men to get involved.”
 
In keeping with its community engagement and prevention efforts, Womanshelter/Compañeras was one of the very first organizations to sign on as a White Ribbon Day Affiliate back in 2008. The organization has been an essential community resource for more than 36 years. Last year, the organization served more than 1400 victims and survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence through shelter and community-based services, and responded to more than 4000 crisis and support calls.
 
“Displays of Character: Men Reimagining Manhood” will be exhibited from September 30 through October 14, 2016 on the ground level of Tower Square.
 
For more details about the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign and Display, please visit: http://whiteribbonday.janedoe.org/call-for-ambassadors/displaysofcharacter/
 
For further information on the event, or questions on how to donate to Womanshelter/Compañeras or the campaign against domestic/intimate-partner violence, please contact Carmen Nieves or Sue Scully at 413.538.9717, or visit www.womanshelter.org.
 
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