Yesterday, Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) led an effort on the Floor of the House of Representatives to bring fellow Members of Congress together in support of the White Ribbon Campaign. This campaign is an annual effort led by Vera House to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Buerkle handed out hundreds of white ribbons to her colleagues and took to the Floor to speak out against domestic violence. "Our country has a moral obligation to stand up against those who exploit their power to commit violence against men, women, and children.
"This White Ribbon Campaign is led by men and encourages all members of the community -- men and women, young and old -- to join in their efforts. This male leadership helps to acknowledge the important contributions men have made to this effort and invites others to take a role."
Rep. Buerkle stayed on the Floor encouraging her colleagues to share their support for the white ribbon campaign offering the success of Vera House in Syracuse, NY as a shining example of how raising awareness and attention at the national level can lead to a better environment for men, women, and children facing abuse.
In recent weeks, the importance of addressing domestic violence and sexual abuse has gained considerable attention as the Senate has taken up legislation to confront this ongoing problem. As the Senate continues its debate, Rep. Buerkle will be advocating for the White Ribbon Campaign and similar efforts to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual abuse of men, women, and children. Vera House's campaign began on March 23 and lasts through April 1.