MassHousing Director of Public Safety Thaddeus Miles has been named Co-Chair of the 2016 Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The other co-chair is Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.
The 9th annual campaign was launched earlier this month with a press conference in Nurses' Hall in the State House. A new White Ribbon Day Campaign traveling exhibit created by Jane Doe Inc. entitled "Displays in Character: Men Reimagining Manhood" was also unveiled.
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito also took part in the event.
Miles brings years of experience empowering people and youth voice through his public safety work. Miles was featured in the 2015 White Ribbon Day Campaign "Reimagine Manhood."
"What I've learned, with all too much familiarity in both my personal and professional life, is that the impact of domestic and sexual violence is far-reaching," said Miles. "Not only does it permanently change the perspective of the individual being victimized but the deep scars that are left on those in the immediate presence are daunting. Those perpetuating the abuse are not exempt from damage either but what I hope to include in this conversation is the urgency with which we must interrupt these cycles to protect and repair the fabric of our communities."
The Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign has its roots in the international White Ribbon Campaign started in Canada in response to a mass murder 26 years ago when a young man massacred 13 female students and injured over a dozen more. Today the campaign exists in nearly 60 countries, and Massachusetts is the first in the U.S. to organize a statewide effort.
"Displays in Character: Men Reimagining Manhood" features 13 men from all walks of life who have been active White Ribbon Day Ambassadors in Massachusetts. The exhibit will travel across the Commonwealth in hopes of inspiring other men and boys to take the pledge, wear the white ribbon and make a difference in promoting and creating safe relationships and communities.