White Ribbon is excited to announce its newest ambassador, multi-award winning recording artist and performer Reece Mastin. The 20 year old is the third youngest ambassador to join the White Ribbon team.
In support of ending violence against women, the singer’s latest release depicts the trauma and repercussions of domestic violence.
Of his involvement with White Ribbon, Reece says: “I’m extremely proud to be a White Ribbon Ambassador, this is a cause I feel very strongly about. Violence against women is never acceptable and it horrifies me that one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner. I have 3 beautiful sisters and a lot of amazing women in my life. I want to do whatever I can to raise awareness around this massive issue in the community. I want people to know that I will not be silent. I call on others, young and old, to speak out against domestic violence.”
Statistics show that one in four Australians are exposed to domestic violence. Research indicates increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties from childhood exposure to intimate partner violence. Furthermore, children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to perpetrate this violence.
Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, is delighted that Reece has joined the Ambassadors Program. She said: “ Reece’s engagement in the work of White Ribbon will hopefully encourage other young people to make the right choices – we are overwhelmed with the support shown by Reece and hope that together we can create positive behavioural change and combat the prevalence of violence against women.”
According to a survey conducted by Youth Action NSW and White Ribbon Australia released earlier this month, the majority of Australian young people believe domestic violence to be common in Australian society.
Note to media
White Ribbon Australia asks all media professionals to include the following line when reporting on incidents of men’s violence against women: If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT for advice or support. In an emergency, call 000.
For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889
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