PORTLAND, Maine – Four local Maine organizations, including Family Crisis Services, Family Violence Project, Women Care, and Maine Boys to Men, are calling for men to join in the fight to end violence against women by launching a new bumper sticker initiative “Another Maine Man Against Violence Against Women.”
At noon on Thursday, Sept. 19, men from across the state will stand together in solidarity at Lincoln Park in Portland to end violence against girls and women. Men will have the opportunity to come show support to end violence against women.
According to Futures Without Violence, One in four women have experienced violence by a spouse or boyfriend. “And, nearly 500 women are raped or sexually assaulted in the United States every day.” Drew Wing states. “These women are not strangers, but rather mothers, daughters, nieces, granddaughters, teammates, and co-workers. They are women that we love.”
It is crucial for men to understand that the use or threat of violence against women and children is unacceptable. This press conference will bring together men who recognize the role of creating a culture of masculinity that does not permit the abuse of women or children.
Ultimately, the goal of this press conference is to encourage men to take action in voicing their indignation with a pressing issue that affects thousands every day.
We are asking men to be a part of the solution by helping to pave the road toward change today!