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Positive Power of Sport to Tackle Abuse

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

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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 constitute abuse.

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 support."


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