Men On Board, Rally Against Domestic Violence
Published December 8th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Are you on board? Men On Board or mob is asking men in Gainesville to get on board and fight against domestic violence. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in 2012 there were about 1,600 domestic violence arrests in Alachua County alone.
Mob hosted a rally against intimate partner violence at the Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza, in hopes of raising awareness. More than 60 men signed the pledge to be violence free and joined the mob at the end of the rally.
Tracey Hickmon the Rebuilding Community Coordinator for Gainesville Police Department said, "We've had incidents in Gainesville where women are battered and there have been men bystanders who did not take action. The silence is over, the message today from current mob members is, enough is enough."
Pastor Gerard Duncan Prayers by Faith Ministry said, "With the severity of domestic violence that Men On Board has definitely brought a greater attention to various men and different organizations about domestic violence."
While this was the first Mob Rally, it definitely won't be the last. Rallies for the city of Alachua and Hawthorne are being planned.
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