Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV) launches their campaign “Take the Pledge: Be a Stand-Up Guy and Not a Stand-By Guy”

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Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV) launches their campaign “Take the Pledge: Be a Stand-Up Guy and Not a Stand-By Guy.” This pledge campaign will run during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with the goals of domestic violence education and getting half a million Mississippi men to pledge against intimate partner violence.

'Be a Stand-Up Buy, Not a Stand-By Guy" pledge campaign poster

Pledge Campaign Poster

“We need men to stand up and challenge each other not to accept domestic violence as a private, family matter, because it affects all of us.” – Wendy Mahoney, Executive Director, Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV) will run a campaign in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2014) aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence, and also to encourage men around the state to stand up to intimate partner violence and not idly stand by while someone is getting hurt or could possibly be in danger.

“Take the Pledge: Be a Stand-Up Guy, Not a Stand-By Guy” has the goal of getting half a million men in the state of Mississippi to take the pledge against domestic violence. The text of the pledge reads:

Take the pledge.
Take the pledge to challenge stereotypes.
Take the pledge to call out sexist attitudes.
Take the pledge to speak out if you hear excuses for violence or victim blaming.
Take the pledge to spread the word that violence is never an option or a solution.
Take the pledge to stand up to domestic violence.
Take the pledge not to stand by in silence.
Take the pledge to be a stand-up guy. Not a stand-by guy.

The main messages of the Pledge campaign are:

  • Intimate partner violence is not just a women’s issue.
  • You can and should speak up against intimate partner violence.
  • Intimate partner violence is unacceptable.
  • Intimate partner violence affects women we love and care about: mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends.

Throughout October, MCADV will set up booths and hold educational sessions at various schools, universities, and organizations across Mississippi to teach people about domestic violence, and also allow people to pledge to stand against domestic violence. To find out about having MCADV visit you, please contact them for more information.

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Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV) was founded in 1980 by domestic violence shelter programs and advocates for battered women to help all victims of domestic violence. The coalition is comprised of persons working directly, indirectly or who have expressed interest in the issues and concerns of victims of family violence.

The coalition provides support for member shelter programs through training, technical assistance and capacity building; advocates for public policy that supports victims; and seeks to change societal attitudes and beliefs through awareness and prevention activities in communities throughout Mississippi.

The overall goal of the coalition is to facilitate an end to domestic violence in the state of Mississippi. To that end, the “Take the Pledge” campaign is designed to raise awareness about what domestic violence is and to encourage men around the state to stand up to intimate partner violence and not idly stand by while someone is getting hurt or could possibly be in danger.

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