Posted: Fri 4th Feb 2022

Deeside MS calls on men to take ‘White Ribbon promise’ ahead 6 Nations kick off this weekend

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Feb 4th, 2022

Jack Sargeant MS has urged men to take the White Ribbon promise ahead of the major rugby tournament that kicks off this weekend. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Alyn and Deeside MS is an ambassador for White Ribbon UK, the leading charity engaging with men and boys to help end violence against women. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

White Ribbon Ambassadors are men volunteers who engage with other men and boys to call out abusive and sexist behaviour among their friends, colleagues, and communities to promote a culture of equality and respect. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Research shows that calls to domestic abuse helplines increase dramatically following major sporting events, with alcohol fuelling violence.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Police forces in Wales have seen reports of abuse increase by as much as 76% when Wales have played England in recent years.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jack Sargeant said: “I know many people will be excited for the 6 Nations to get started and to cheer on Wales, but it is important to remember that this will not be a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Violence against women continues to be a serious problem in Wales and spikes in domestic abuse cases around major sporting events is a real concern.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“You can be part of a culture shift for the better by making the White Ribbon promise never to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please call the live fear free helpline on 0808 80 10 800. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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