Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Violence against women is a human rights violation, and these abuses are obstacles to efforts for peace and gender equality in all societies around the world; and

Whereas In 2013, there were fourteen documented incidents of domestic violence homicides, resulting in the murder of twelve women, one man and two children, plus an additional seven suicides by the perpetrators; and

Whereas Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, 2,337 unduplicated incidents of sexual assault were reported to Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded Rape Crisis Centers and Llámanos, the statewide Spanish language helpline; and

Whereas Jane Doe Inc. launched this primary prevention campaign in Massachusetts to call upon all men and boys - regardless of age, race, religion, political affiliation, profession, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic – to make both a personal and public commitment to being part of the solution in ending violence against women; and

Whereas The Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign is based in the belief that by promoting healthy masculinities, we can foster positive social norms for non-abusive relationships, safety in our communities, and equality and respect for women; and

Whereas Jane Doe Inc. organized the first statewide campaign in the nation in conjunction with the international White Ribbon Campaign that currently exists in over 60 countries; and

Whereas Over 500 men have pledged to serve as White Ribbon Day Ambassadors and over 80 communities have become White Ribbon Day Affiliates; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts hopes to encourage the adoption of practices and policies that support survivors, hold offenders accountable and prevent instances of violence,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 6th, 2014, to be,

WHITE RIBBON DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twentieth day of February, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts