Issue #161 â€“ Friday, November 23, 2012
The word on the streetâ€Ś
Albury Christian book shop, Word, is closing its doors. The thirdgeneration family business is suffering the wrath of the internet, like so many others. Read the full Krysten Manuel story on page 3.
Yes itâ€™s confronting, and yes, it makes you sad, it makes you upset to hear these stories, but the worst thing we can do is to keep being silent about itâ€Ś
SWEARâ€Ś Lucinda Rhook is urging people to go online and swear the oath in support of White Ribbon Day.
By TREVOR JACKSON ABOUT 500 women and children are assisted by Bettyâ€™s Place womenâ€™s refuge in Albury each year as a result of domestic violence. And those figures are not improving, according to chief executive of Albury Wodonga Community Network, Lucinda Rhook. Ms Rhook said while those numbers also included the Towong, Wodonga and Indigo shires, the majority were from Albury - and she says we can all play a part in reducing these â€œhorrifyingâ€? figures.
â€œPart of White Ribbon Day, and the work we do at Bettyâ€™s Place, is trying to encourage people not to be silent about it any more,â€? she said. â€œYes itâ€™s confronting, and yes, it makes you sad, it makes you upset to hear these stories, but the worst thing we can do is to keep being silent about it.â€? The White Ribbon campaign is a national violence prevention campaign that aims to raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. Men and women across Australia are called to wear a
white ribbon or wristband as a visual symbol of their commitment and oath. And itâ€™s this oath that Ms Rhook says can be taken by anyone who wishes to show support. â€œMen and women can go online to the White Ribbon website and swear the oath,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s all about swearing not to be silent, to say no, itâ€™s not okay.â€? With White Ribbon Day this Sunday, AWNCI held a luncheon Tuesday to raise awareness of the situation here on the Border. This included a Welcome to Coun-
try delivered by Wiradjuri Elder Nancy Rooke and guest speaker, well known psychologist Ursula Benstead. Ms Rhook said the support shown from the community was pleasing, with 140 people attending. She said a major point that needed addressing was the stereotype of those suffering domestic violence, who may be seen to be a single mum on Centrelink payments, or from a low socioeconomic background. â€œWe see women from all walks of life here,â€? she said. â€œNo-one is immune from domestic
violence. All women can come across it.â€? White Ribbon Day is about trying to achieve a change in the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women, part of which is to not stay silent. â€œThey say good men donâ€™t use violence, good men donâ€™t stay silent when they see or hear about violence against women, good men lead by example and they condemn the men who choose violence,â€? Ms Rhook said. â€œThatâ€™s the whole theme of White Ribbon, for men to stop men using violence against women.â€?
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