West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner tackles male violence against women (30 Apr 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner - and life-long Castleford Tigers fan - will be on the pitch at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle on Sunday to show his support for the White Ribbon Campaign.

Mark Burns-Williamson will join representatives from the club and the Campaign at half time during the home tie against Catalan Dragons.

The White Ribbon Campaign is made up of men who know that there is never an excuse for violence against women and they pledge never to condone it or to stand by when they know it is happening.

The Commissioner has always been very supportive of The White Ribbon Campaign and through his Safer Communities Fund has given three grants including one of £8,000 to raise awareness through sporting clubs.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said;
"There is no excuse for violence against women and I was happy to support the campaign through my Safer Communities Fund made up from proceeds of crime the police and prosecutors have helped secure from the ill-gotten gains of criminals.

"Castleford Tigers are close to my heart and to have another prominent Super League club giving their support is a great partnership. The players through their charitable arm, Tiger Trust are supporting the campaign and will be wearing White Ribbon Campaign UK warm up tops before Sunday's match and I really welcome the Tigers club and Trust getting behind the campaign and sending out a strong message."

Chris Green, Founder and Director of White Ribbon UK, said:
"In 2014 1.2 million women in England and Wales experienced Domestic Abuse 400,000 women and girls suffered sexual assault.

"Men can either speak out against this, or excuse it by saying nothing.

"Thanks to players staff and management at Castleford for leading the way in taking a stand in challenging male Violence against women and girls"

Steve Gill, Castleford Tigers CEO said: "We are delighted to offer our support to The White Ribbon Campaign. The statistics are staggering, we as a club are more than happy to do all we can to raise awareness for this campaign."

Some facts about violence against women

  • 45% of UK women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
  • Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.
  • In a survey for Amnesty International in the UK, over 1 in 4 respondents thought a women was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing, and more than 1 in 5 held the same view if a woman had had many sexual partners.

For more information about the White Ribbon Campaign visit the website at http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/

For more information on the Safer Communities Fund visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx

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