“From this day forward, I promise never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, sexual assault and domestic violence.”
The Harlan County Domestic Violence Council, Cumberland Valley Domestic Violence Services and Cumberland River Victim Services are sponsoring the eighth annual countywide “100 Man March Against Domestic Violence” as part of an international effort to engage men and boys to help end violence against women.
The march will take place at 1 p.m. on March 19 at the Harlan Center parking lot, Main Street in Harlan. There will be refreshments and door prizes for walkers and supporters. Pre-registration is not required.
Participants will need to arrive at the parking lot by 12:45 p.m. The march will proceed up Main Street to the Baptist Church, up Mound Street, down First Street and return to the parking lot.
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.
The 100 Man March is to highlight the need to combine respect and safety with romance and love. “We want to talk about what we must stop (sexual assault and domestic violence) and promote what we must have (respect and safety)! We will celebrate positive masculinity,” said organizers.
The Harlan County Domestic Violence Council invites all men, women, girls and boys to join in this march against domestic violence — to challenge the notions of masculinity that equate strength with violence and control and instead foster positive images of masculinity that will help create a world free of abuse. By participating in the March, participants will publicly proclaim their commitment to ending violence against women. Participants can play an important part in changing the social norms that perpetuate and make excuses for violence against women.
Change can start with a step as simple as participating in the march. It’s a public step that is visible to everyone. It sends a clear message about what is tolerated and what is promoted in terms of equality and human rights.
“What better way to honor the women (sweethearts, wives, mothers, sisters, daughters) in your life than to publicly take a stand against violence against women. Or walk in honor and memory of a woman you know who has suffered domestic violence or sexual assault,” said organizers.
Everyone is invited to spread the word and join in this international effort in sending a very public message that men must and are taking responsibility to end men’s violence against women and to create an environment that promotes respect and equality.
For additional information, email [email protected] or contact Sheryl Caudel, domestic violence victim advocate, at 606-392-1129.