Forbes takes stand against violence

Forbes community members have taken an oath to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women at the fifth annual White Ribbon Day march.

In Australia, one woman a week is killed by her partner or former partner; one in three women has experienced sexual violence and one in four children is exposed to domestic violence.

Students from Forbes High’s White Ribbon group on Friday said, “stop”.

They do not want another generation to live with these statistics. 

White Ribbon senior boy Jayden Maloney said students were starting with their own school environment, making it a place of education about healthy relationships and respectful behaviour. 

Fellow White Ribbon senior boy Kristian Markworth said programs run throughout the year at Forbes High were about inspiring men to become part of the change.

Acting Inspector Scott McWhirter from Lachlan Local Area Command led the community in the White Ribbon Day oath.

“We are here today to end men’s violence against women,” he said. “It will take a whole of community approach.”