On Friday, Nov. 8, Albany County employees will wear white ribbons as part of a campaign to stop violence – that includes Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and the county’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center (CVSVC). They are asking residents to demonstrate their commitment to being part of the campaign to end violence against women.
They are also asking fans attending tonight’s Siena-UAlbany basketball season opening games to wear a white ribbon.
“By wearing a white ribbon, we demonstrate to all that violence against others will not be tolerated,” McCoy said in a statement. “The county is pleased to work through the CVSVC to address violence in Albany County. I am pleased that there has been such a positive response to this effort to combat domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.”
Throughout the day, CVSVC will recruit county employees to show their support and by wearing a white ribbon and asked to tell others about the campaign. This event begins a county initiative to encourage employees to speak out against violence.
Friday night, the CVSVC will provide white ribbons and copies of the pledge at the TU Center for the Siena College-University at Albany game, which will feature a reading of the pledge at halftime of the men’s game. In addition, Siena men’s coach Jimmy Patsos and women’s coach Ali Jaques and UAlbany men’s coach Will Brown and women’s coach Katie Abraham-Henderson will wear white ribbons for their games as well.
White Ribbon Day began in Canada in 1991, two years after the Montreal Massacre in which 14 female students at the University of Montreal were killed and 13 other students wounded by a gunman. A group of men in Canada organized a response to show their support to victims of violence everywhere.
The White Ribbon Day Campaign has grown internationally in the past 20 years.