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Dean Hedges, JABSOM students to march for fourth year in Men’s March Against Domestic Violence on October 12

Date: October 10th, 2017 in Community Outreach, External News, Faculty, JABSOM News, Student Life    Print or PDF

An image of leaders of the Men's March at the State Capitol.

HONOLULU – Each year in Hawaiʻi, 50,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64 are harmed by domestic violence. In an effort to raise awareness of this alarming crisis, the community is invited to participate in the 23nd Annual Men’s March Against Violence on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, continues to be involved in this important community event. In 2014 and again in 2015, Dr. Hedges fearlessly shared his own story about growing up in a home with domestic violence, to spread the word about the importance of speaking up about domestic violence, and the purpose of the March.


The 2017 March begins at 11:45 at the State Capitol Rotunda with a remembrance of those lives lost in this community to the potentially fatal crime of domestic violence. The March departs the Capitol at noon and ends at Skygate Park at Honolulu Hale, with a rally featuring guest speakers immediately after the March. MD Students from JABSOM are expected to join in the march. Last year, they helped UH Med Now produce a compelling video about the difficult subject matter. In the video, one of our MD students allows men in her class to tell her own story, a vivid account of one particular night in a violent household.

More about the 2017 Men’s March
While men are asked to march, the community at-large is urged to support and march alongside them. The event is meant to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence and how to prevent such incidents from taking place or provide resources to victims seeking help. Nearly 1,000 people participated in last year’s march and rally, bringing in new and younger male attendees in hopes of instilling values of peace and non-violence at a younger age.

Domestic violence is an intentional pattern of abusive behavior that is used to establish control by a person in a relationship over another person in that intimate relationship. Domestic violence is an issue that affects people of every kind of demographic, not just women.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, nearly half of all men and women in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. It is important for men to take a stand against domestic violence because they are affected by it in many different ways. One in four men in the United States will become a victim of domestic violence during his lifetime.

Sponsors of the event include Mental Health Hawaiʻi, Catholic Charities of Hawai’i, the Domestic Violence Action Center, Parents and Children Together (PACT), and the City & County of Honolulu.

For more information on how to participate in the event call (808) 447-3534 or visit www.Facebook.com/MensMarchAgainstViolenceHawaii or visit our event page at www.mensmarchagainstviolence.eventbrite.com


Mahalo to the March organizers for information used in this post.

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