Posted by Steve Grossman, Massachusetts State Treasurer

White Ribbon DayOn March 7 I joined Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, in taking the White Ribbon Day pledge and serving as a White Ribbon Day Ambassador. This program highlights the importance of speaking out and speaking up. I believe it was particularly meaningful for me, as Treasurer of the Commonwealth, to take the pledge alongside other men vowing to stand against violence towards women. The pledge is both simple and eloquent; “From this day forward I promise to be a part of the solution in ending violence against women.”

I was delighted to be invited to attend this year’s White Ribbon Day by Elizabeth Schön Vainer, the director of Journey to Safety, the domestic abuse program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, where they offer culturally competent, religiously sensitive services to survivors of domestic abuse, with specialized services for the Jewish and Russian-speaking communities. Safety planning, court accompaniment, information, support, referrals, and other resources are available for all domestic abuse survivors, including teens, seniors, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

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