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Independence House and Yarmouth Police to Launch 2013 White Ribbon Day on Cape Cod

March 1, 2013  HYANNIS, Mass.  – Independence House, Inc. and the Yarmouth Police Department want  men and boys to join together to become White Ribbon Ambassadors, and along with the general public stand up and say NO to violence against women and girls.

At 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013,  the Yarmouth Police Department and Independence House will host a press conference launching White Ribbon Day on Cape Cod as part of the 6th Annual Statewide Commonwealth of Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign.  The event will be hosted at the Irish Village in South Yarmouth generously donated by Jack Hynes.

The Independence House and the Yarmouth Police Department are holding this event to create awareness among the males in our community about the issue of men’s violence against women.

Special guest speakers will include Independence House Executive Director, Lysetta Hurge-Putnam; State Representative, Brian Mannal; Yarmouth Selectman, Erik Tolley, as well as others.

The White Ribbon Campaign was founded in 1991 by a group of men committed to ending men’s violence against women through education, discussion, and action. The campaign was founded after fourteen female students were systematically targeted because of their gender and killed by a gunman at the University of Montreal. Eighteen years later the initiative has grown into the largest effort in the world addressing gender violence. For more information on the international campaign visit
and the Massachusetts White Ribbon campaign at:

Independence House, Inc. is a non-profit organization that in its 34thyear is the only comprehensive community-based resource on Cape Cod, providing free and confidential services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The agency operates its main office in Hyannis, with three satellite locations in Falmouth, Orleans and Provincetown, encompassing their services throughout Cape Cod to adults, teens and children.  Independence House’s main website is located at

Media are invited and encouraged to attend.