Sacred Heart University students, faculty and guests joined members of Delta Tau Delta Feb. 17 for the fraternity’s fourth annual White Ribbon Campaign event to promote pledges against abuse of women.
The fraternity’s goal was to raise awareness among students and the community regarding the effects of sexual assault and violence against women and to encourage people to take a stand and say no to domestic violence. Guests were encouraged to make a pledge and create hand prints with paint on a poster that read, “Hands that will never harm.”
The White Ribbon Campaign was established in 1991 by four Canadian men who felt a need to act following a massacre in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989, when a gunman killed 13 female students and a female worker at the École Polytechnique. He also injured 10 other women and four men before killing himself. He left behind a note citing politics and a hatred of feminists as reasons for his actions. The tragedy motivated the campaign’s four founders to educate men around the world about the need to stop domestic violence, and their commitment to the cause sparked the first of many pledge movements.
Since then, the campaign has become the world’s largest movement of males working to end violence against females and to promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.
Delta Tau Delta members have dedicated themselves to advancing the concepts upon which the White Ribbon Campaign was founded and extending their mission to SHU.
“Sacred Heart is a small community, so we all have to work together to prevent these terrible crimes from occurring. Having everyone come together in one setting to show that they will not sit around and watch people be abused is a great way to show support,” said Nicholas Troiano ’19, Delta Tau Delta’s philanthropy chair. “Being a SHU student is all about supporting one another to create a better community. I believe that is what our fraternity’s philanthropy does.”
More than 100 people attended and were welcomed by fraternity members and SHU President John Petillo. Other speakers were Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau; Deborah Greenwood of the Center for Family Justice; Leonora Campbell, Title IX coordinator at Sacred Heart; and Professor Ken Mysogland.
With the White Ribbon Campaign completed, Delta Tau Delta intends to continue charitable efforts throughout the remainder of the year. “We are always working toward raising awareness for domestic violence, and we are always working with the Center for Family Justice,” said Troiano.
Join Delta Tau Delta for the SHU Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls on Sunday, April 30, at West Campus, the former GE global headquarters. Click here for additional information.
To view additional photos from the event, click here.