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"We need to wake people up to the attitudes and actions that continue to keep victims at risk and our cities, towns and cultural communities unsafe." ~ Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MAPS - Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Red Sox, Jane Doe and Verizon Team Up To Prevent Violence

WHAT:        The Boston Red Sox, Jane Doe Inc., Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications have teamed up to raise awareness and help support sexual and domestic violence organizations.  Prior to tonight’s game, the Red Sox and Jane Doe Inc. will honor First Lady of Boston Angela F. Menino, a champion in the fight to rid our communities of sexual and domestic violence. During this pre-game ceremony, Verizon will also present Jane Doe Inc. with a donation of $25,000 that will support ways to use technology to strengthen the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.

HopeLine from Verizon Wireless will sponsor a cell phone drive tonight, and donations will be collected at all Fenway Park gates starting two hours before the first pitch at 7:05 pm. through the 2nd inning.  Used cell phones, batteries and accessories are either recycled for distribution to survivors or turned into cash for grants to domestic violence programs throughout New England. Red Sox fans are encouraged to collect old cell phones from friends and coworkers and drop them off at any gate.

WHEN:       Thursday, September 15, 2011.

Ceremony prior to Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays game at 7:05 pm ET

WHY:           One in three women, one in four girls and one in six boys report being abused at some point in their life. It’s time to STAND UP and be part of the solution in ending sexual and domestic violence.

Jane Doe Inc. is the statewide advocacy and social justice coalition of 60 community-based sexual and domestic violence organizations in Massachusetts. Together with its membership, JDI is making our communities safer today and for future generations.

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