Rushcliffe Borough Council has joined forces with
Nottingham Rugby Club and the White Ribbon campaign to raise
awareness of abuse towards women. The campaign encourages men to
sign the pledge "never to commit, condone or excuse abuse towards
women. The pledge can be signed at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/makepledge.
This campaign is launched at a time when the Government is
looking to introduce a new crime of 'domestic abuse'. Currently,
hitting someone is an assault, breaking into a property and making
a mess would be criminal damage, but this new law brings together a
pattern of controlling and coercive behaviour which together
As part of the campaign the new rugby kit will feature the white
ribbon logo, there will be article in match programmes, banners
round the pitch and the players will promoting the ideals. The
players will go into the community and meet people at local events
to share this message. The rugby season starts in September
and the Club will dedicate their match on Sunday 18 January (versus
Plymouth, kick-off at 3pm at Meadow Lane ground) and there will be
a lot of profile raising activities around this event.
The Club and domestic abuse charities Equation and Family Care
will help mentor young people so they learn how the power of sport,
through male role models, shows how teamwork, respect and a
positive demonstration of physical strength can help change
attitudes about this issue.
The campaign is also being backed by Gedling Borough and the
Notts Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
This campaign and the new kits is being launched to fans on
Wednesday 27 August in the Meadow Lane Sports Bar at 7pm.
This event is open to the public.
Nottingham Rugby Club Captain Brent Wilson said, "We're proud to
support the White Ribbon Campaign in making a stand against
domestic violence. The work White Ribbon is doing to raise
awareness of this issue is fantastic and very worthwhile. As
per the organisation's messages, we won't stand for domestic
violence and we won't stand by and let it happen. All of the
squad are honoured to have the white ribbon on our match shirts
this season and we hope it encourages more people to show their