During the inaugural year of the White Ribbon Campaign at UVa. as a CIO on Grounds, the organization has worked to establish its primary goals and solidify its place among the student body. The organization's two main goals are to raise funds for the Women's Center and to raise awareness about domestic violence. During the fall semester last year, the organization held a speakers panel where Kat Peters, Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Charlottesville, and Robin Goldstein, Volunteer Coordinator at Shelter for Help in Emergency, spoke about resources available to victims of domestic violence. During the spring semester, the White Ribbon Campaign at UVa was the beneficiary of the Vagina Monologues this year and will be donating those proceeds to the Women's Center. Furthermore, the proceeds from a bake sale fundraising event will also support the Women's Center. In addition to working toward these goals, the group has also participated in numerous training sessions that provide information about bystander intervention, how to support a survivor, and how to understand and shape policy regarding domestic violence. Lastly, the White Ribbon Campaign is a member of the Sexual Assault Leadership Council (SALC), an umbrella group for the sexual assault and domestic violence related activist groups on Grounds. Specifically, the White Ribbon Campaign participated in SALC's Take Back the Night week. As we move to the future, we hope to continue to uphold our organization's mission and to make the policy and issues surrounding domestic violence more transparent to the student community at the University of Virginia.
Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for information about activities and initiatives that will continue this year.
Show your solidarity against violence in our community and in the world.
I've taken the pledge, now it's up to you. Don't turn your back on violence. Your silence can be deadly.
The Charlottesville Police Department supports the White Ribbon Campaign, and stands behind those who step forward to put an end to senseless tragedy.
Tim Longo, Chief of Police