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Bishop of Salisbury wears white ribbon for end to violence against women

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Nov, 2013 10:14 AM

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, is one of more than 60 Church of England bishops wearing a white ribbon today to mark International Day Against Violence Against Women.

Bishop of Salisbury wears white ribbon for end to violence against women

The Bishop of Salisbury wearing his white ribbon

He will be joined by the Bishops of Ramsbury and Sherborne, the Archdeacons, the Dean of Salisbury, the Diocesan Secretary and the Director of Ministry- the Bishop's Staff.

Bishop Nicholas said: “Last year, around 1.2 million women in the UK suffered domestic abuse, over 400,000 women were sexually assaulted, 70,000 women were raped and thousands more were stalked. These crimes are often hidden away behind closed doors, with the victim suffering in silence.

“Fewer than 1 in 4 people who suffer abuse at the hands of their partner report it to the police. Among women who experience serious sexual assault, that figure falls to 1 in 10.

“Shockingly, the British Crime Survey 2011 found that 1 in 4 women in the UK will suffer violence in her lifetime. Across the world, women between the ages of 15-44 are more likely to be maimed or die due to male violence than malaria, cancer, traffic accidents and war combined.

“I, and over 60 of my fellow Church of England bishops, are wearing a White Ribbon today. We are supporting ‘First Man Standing’, a church-based response which calls on men to be the first standing against gender-based violence. There is a significant opportunity for men and boys to be part of a change of culture.

“Last week’s terrible revelations about the women held in slavery in London demonstrate how even the most terrible situations can be hidden on anyone’s doorsteps. I hope men in the Church, and across the whole community, will take this opportunity to learn how they can be there when a woman undergoing domestic violence needs them.”

About the White Ribbon Campaign: www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
Twitter: @menantiviolence
First Man Standing Campaign: www.restoredrelationships.org/firstmanstanding/pledge
Mothers’ Union resources: www.mothersunion.org/get-involved/campaign/16-days-activism-against-gender-violence
Asha charity: www.asha-india.org

Further information
Contact Gerry Lynch, Director of Communications
01722 438652, 07799 900 610, gerry.lynch@salisbury.anglican.org

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