April 15, 2013

Athletics Participating in White Ribbon Campaign


DURHAM, N.H. 
– The University of New Hampshire department of athletics is demonstrating its commitment to Sexual Assault Awareness Month by participating in the UNH White Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP). 

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The White Ribbon Campaign is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promoting gender equity and healthy relationships. During the month of April, UNH men are taking an active role in preventing violence against women. Male coaches, student-athletes and staff members have made a pledge to be part of the solution by wearing a white ribbon or WRC bracelet; these men are making a pledge to never commit, condone nor remain silent about violence against women. UNH men’s soccer associate head coach Ewan Seabrook is serving as athletic department coordinator.

The goal is to get 1,000 men to take the pledge by signing up at www.unh.edu/sharpp/WRC.

As part of the campaign, members of the UNH athletic department took part in the “Taking a Community Stance! Stepping Out to End Violence” walk and rally, which was held April 11 from 12:30-2 p.m. on the UNH campus.

While the White Ribbon Campaign is only for men, women are encouraged to wear the teal Sexual Assault Awareness Month ribbon pin to stand up to sexual assault and relationship abuse. 

For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign, contact Ewan Seabrook at ewan.seabrook@unh.edu or (603) 862-3904. For more information on UNH athletics, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

Student-Athletes in Photo: R.J. Harris, Ryan Carpenter, Connor Pauley, David Schlatter, Ian Wilson

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