White Ribbon Campaign

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As we arrive at the halfway mark of the White Ribbon Campaign, we're providing tips for keeping the work of White Ribbon alive through March 31 and beyond!
How to Run Your Virtual White Ribbon Campaign
Even though the campaign is almost half over, there are still so many ways to get involved. Here are four opportunities to support the White Ribbon Campaign.

We now have text-to-give capabilities! You can text VERA to 269-89 to get sent a link to donate along with links to other main ways to participate in the campaign or sign up online

Order Merch
We have navy blue and black WRC masks ($5 each), White Ribbon wristbands ($1 each), lapel pins ($5 each), and Vera House informational lawn signs ($15). Purchase merchandise online.

We are asking male-identifying members of the community to step up and call on one another to be a #NextManUp in the fight against domestic and sexual violence!

We need YOU on our team to help engageeducate and empower our community!
  1. Post a photo of you on social media along with the answer to the statement “I am proud to be Vera House’s “Next Man Up” because…” 
  2. Nominate someone else in your post to be the “#NextManUp
  3. As the White Ribbon Campaign is also a fundraiser for Vera House programs and services, we invite you to donate a monetary gift to support our work. 
  4. Be sure to tag @verahouseinc and use the hashtags #NextManUp and #WRC2021

We are running our online fundraising page via JustGiving again this year at: http://bit.ly/JustGivingWRC. This site allows you to make a page that you can share to solicit donations on social media or via email from your friends, family, and other connections. Read the instructions on setting up your page.
Share White Ribbon Campaign in Your Personal Circles

Our Co-Executive Director Angela Douglas spoke with CNYCentral to discuss how to share the White Ribbon Campaign in conversations within your personal circles.

"I think it's critically important when you consider what we've been through over the last several months into more now than a year," Douglas said. "There are so many things that are happening in our community that we're unaware of. People are experiencing abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assaults. Without us talking about it how else would we do anything about it?"
The Importance of Bystander Intervention
This week, our White Ribbon Campaign theme is bystander intervention. Vera House's Campus Project Advocate/Educator Chris Kosakowski explains what it means to be a leader and what it means to be a bystander when faced with situations related to domestic or sexual violence. Take a look above!
Vera House Prevention and Education Programs
At Vera House, we believe in preventing domestic violence before it begins. We offer interactive and engaging programming developed by our Prevention and Education Team to shift community culture toward promoting healthy and respectful relationships.

The White Ribbon Campaign is a movement led by men and boys working to end violence against women. This male leadership works to acknowledge the important contributions men have made in this movement and invites others to take a role. We offer programs for all ages covering a variety of topics, including relationship violence, sexual violence, and men's outreach and advocacy.

NCADV Discusses Domestic Violence and People with Disabilities
March is also National Disability Awareness Month! In this blog post, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence discusses the intersection of domestic violence and disabilities. It includes important tips for potential bystanders, including what to look for, why it matters, and how to help.
Podcast: Prevention is Now - Bringing in the Bystander
In this podcast, Preventionist Deb Bonner talks with Jane Stapleton of Soteria Solutions and the Prevention Innovations Research Center, and co-author of the Bringing In The Bystander (BITB) intervention program. Topics covered include:

  • What is bystander intervention?
  • Why is getting bystanders to actively engage so important?
  • What are some of the protective factors for sexual violence that are addressed in BITB?
  • How does BITB work and how it is implemented?