NEWBURYPORT — On Tuesday, April 2, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center hosts its White Ribbon Breakfast where former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and best-selling author Andre Dubus III will have a conversation that challenges negative, outdated concepts of manhood, will inspire men and boys to get involved and work together to end violence against women and girls.
“As we strive to end violence against women and girls in our society, it is critically important that men and boys be actively involved in that effort,” said Suzanne Dubus, CEO, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in a press release. “The White Ribbon Breakfast provides men and women in our community with a unique opportunity to hear from two prominent men whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Senator Brown and Andre Dubus will lead us through a conversation that will challenge men and boys to take action in bringing an end to violence against women and girls.”
The white ribbon has become a symbol of an international movement to mobilize boys and men to stop the violence, and ribbons will be distributed at the breakfast. Several other domestic violence prevention programs are holding similar events throughout the spring. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.
The White Ribbon Breakfast Committee is co-chaired by Richard Bazirgan, a member of the crisis center’s board of directors and principal of Richard Dean Associates, Newburyport, and Mark Welch, retired president of the Institution for Savings. Welch will serve as moderator for the conversation between Brown and Andre Dubus.
According to Welch, “Violence against women is really a men’s issue in many ways. In the vast majority of domestic violence episodes, the perpetrator is a man. In order to stop the violence, it is essential that men and boys be engaged in a conversation that will lead to changed behaviors”
The Presenting Sponsor for the White Ribbon Breakfast is Chase & Lunt Insurance. The Anniversary Sponsor for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s 30th anniversary year is the Institution for Savings.
On average, every day in the United States, three women are killed by their intimate partners. In Massachusetts since 2003, domestic violence homicide perpetrators have killed 261 people — 60 percent of whom were female domestic violence victims killed by male partners and 29 percent are friends and family members of the domestic violence victim. In 28 percent of these incidents, the domestic violence homicide perpetrator also committed suicide. As this incident shows, the presence of firearms increases the risk for more deadly violence.
The White Ribbon Breakfast will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport. A continental breakfast will be served and tickets will be available for purchase at $25 per ticket. Tables of eight may be purchased at a discounted rate. Men and women are encouraged to attend. To purchase tickets or reserve full tables of eight, visit www.jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org or contact Kelly Majewski at the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, 978-465-0999, ext. 14.