SAF To Host Annual White Ribbon Campaign

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OSWEGO, NY:  During the month of June, Services to Aid Families, a division of Oswego County Opportunities, will host its 14th annual White Ribbon Campaign.

SAF is the certified Rape Crisis Center and licensed Domestic Violence Program for Oswego County.

Oswego County Opportunities’ SAF House Manager, Cristy King, sells a White Ribbon to Dave Harning. The ribbons will be available at locations throughout Oswego County including a number of faith communities.The White Ribbon Campaign began in Canada in 1991 after a tragic incident, in which 14 college women were singled out and murdered based on their gender.

After this event, approximately 100,000 men, throughout Canada, began wearing white ribbons as a demonstration that they will not commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women.

Today, the White Ribbon Campaign has spread around the world and is currently recognized in 55 different countries.

During this year’s campaign, SAF, along with the participation of local businesses, human service agencies, and members of the faith community, will have ribbons available for a $1 donation.  All proceeds of the ribbons support the domestic violence shelter, known as the SAF House, of Oswego County.

During the month of June, SAF staff will attend local religious services to speak and raise awareness about the goals of the White Ribbon Campaign and to stop violence against women and children.

SAF is encouraging all members of our community, especially men, to wear a white ribbon and make a statement that violence against women will not be ignored or tolerated.

Ribbons can be purchased at the OCO Main Office, Lakeview Lanes, Mimi’s Italian Restaurant, Backstreet Books & Bistro, Sunshine Produce, Oswego County Catholic Charities and the YMCA, all located in the city of Fulton.

In Oswego, ribbons will be available at the Midtown Plaza OCO office, the WIC office, and the Oswego County HUD office.

Ribbons can also be found at the Nice & Easy Grocery Shoppe in Sandy Creek, Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County in Richland and Arbor House will be distributing ribbons in Hannibal.

SAF would like to thank all of the businesses and agencies for their participation in this year’ campaign.

OCO is a non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

OCO is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.

For more information, to make a donation, or to accept ribbons for distribution contact the SAF Office at (315) 342-1544, during regular business hours Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.