FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 7, 2013

Albany County Kicks Off White Ribbon Campaign to Combat Violence
Recognizing the world-wide efforts of the White Ribbon Day Campaign, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and the county’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center (CVSVC) are asking residents to demonstrate their commitment to being part of the campaign to end violence against women. Tomorrow, county employees and those attending Friday night’s Siena College University at Albany basketball season opening games will be encouraged to take the White Ribbon Day pledge and asked to serve as an Ambassador who recruits others to in take the pledge and wearing a white ribbon. “By wearing a white ribbon, we demonstrate to all that violence against others will not be tolerated,” McCoy said. “The county is pleased to work through the CVSVC to address violence in Albany County. I am pleased that there has been such a positive response to this effort to combat domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.” Throughout the day, CVSVC will recruit county employees to show their support and by wearing a white ribbon and asked to tell others about the campaign. This event begins a county initiative to encourage employees to speak out against violence. Friday night, the CVSVC will provide white ribbons and copies of the pledge at the TU Center for the Siena College-University at Albany game, which will feature a reading of the pledge at halftime of the men’s game. In addition, Siena men’s coach Jimmy Patsos and women’s coach Ali Jaques and UAlbany men’s coach Will Brown and women’s coach Katie Abraham-Henderson will wear white ribbons for their games as well. White Ribbon Day began in Canada in 1991, two years after the Montreal Massacre in which 14 female students at the University of Montreal were killed and 13 other students wounded by a gunman. A group of men in Canada organized a response to show their

support to victims of violence everywhere. The White Ribbon Day Campaign has grown internationally in the past 20 years.

Mary Rozak Director of Communications Office of the Albany County Executive 112 State Street, Room 825 Albany, NY 12207 tel 518.447.7040 ext. 7218 fax 518.447.5589