AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Dozens of UMass students took a pledge opposing violence against women on Wednesday.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan was among the crowd, as the effort took over the UMass Student Union.
The young men and women signed a public pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about men's violence against women. The " White Ribbon Campaign " started in Canada in 1991, and since then has grown to 60 countries. The mission is to empower young men to speak out.
"I think it's important to me, because all of my life I've lived with women. I lived with my mom and my grandmother. My grandfather, her husband, she never really divorced him, but he was pretty abusive and it had devastating effects on the family," UMass Junior Chris Lowe said.
The effort to prevent violence against women is especially important on college campuses, as it is estimated that 20% of women will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault during their college career.