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Largest Turnout Ever for Vera House’s 25th Annual White Ribbon Walk

Tamar Turner

Organizers say the largest crowd ever turned out Friday for Vera House’s 25th Annual White Ribbon Campaign Walk to end domestic and sexual violence.  The route started in Clinton Square and ended at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown followed by a reception.  During the closing program, survivor Katy told the crowd the impact Vera House has had on her life.

“Now I know to use my voice as a weapon against domestic violence. My secret is not a secret anymore. I tell my story to the world in hope that I reach one person who might be afraid to leave.”

Hundreds of residents, including West Genesee high school students marched through the streets with white ribbons and signs.  Men’s Outreach Coordinator George Kilpatrick says the issue can affect anyone, so it’s important to generate support from the entire community. He says the effort will not stop once the month of March is over.

Credit Tamar Turner / WAER News
White ribbons adorn light posts and trees on Warren St. outside the Marriott Downtown.

“Use our voices to end abuse of all kinds, no matter who it’s happening to, regardless of gender identity.”

Vera house encourages those who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault to visit their website: or call their 24 Hour Crisis and Support  Line (315) 468-3260.