Vera House to Hold White Ribbon Campaign Virtual Breakfast for Dinner, Releases Event Trailers
Vera House will hold its annual White Ribbon Campaign kick-off breakfast on Monday, March 1 at 6 p.m. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the event will be virtual and a breakfast-for-dinner for the first time. Participants can register online now through the event.
Additionally, the campaign welcomes its first female-identifying honorary co-chair this year. Marissa Saunders is a victim and survivor of both domestic and sexual violence and the founder and facilitator at Nurturing Individuals Abilities Ministries Worldwide. She also serves as 1st VP on the Vera House Board of Directors.
We are honored to have Dr. Emad Rahim serve as honorary campaign co-chair with Saunders, continuing the tradition of men helping lead the White Ribbon Campaign and use their leadership to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. Rahim is a genocide survivor and refugee of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields of Cambodia, author, KoTouc Family Endowed Professor, and Chair at Bellevue University, and COO at Ztudium.
The Virtual Breakfast for Dinner keynote speaker is Eric McGriff, a former Vera House prevention educator who is now an award-winning NYC-based prevention coordinator at the Crime Victims Treatment Center, global peace ambassador, facilitator, and trainer. We are delighted to welcome McGriff back to Vera House.
Finally, we honored to hear again from Don McPherson, a College Football Hall of Famer, author, feminist, and speaker. McPherson inspired us as last year's breakfast keynote speaker.
A Message to Andrew Cuomo
“The Friends of Andrew Cuomo” spent over $300,000 to launch an ad campaign designed to paint former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a victim of political attacks because of the sexual harassment claims against him. We cannot allow this gaslighting to continue while the ad revictimizes victims of not only Cuomo’s sexual harassment but ANYONE who has ever experienced abuse. The tactics used by Cuomo and his supporters further represent the barriers that survivors face every day that prevent them from coming forward and getting support.
We at Vera House have asked Andrew Cuomo to take accountability for the harm he has caused on multiple occasions. Instead of admitting to his wrongdoings, he continues to use power and control to suppress and invalidate the truths of the survivors. Today we released a video, produced by Solon Quinn Studios and supported by Survivors’ Network, that sends a powerful message to survivors, "I believe you."
We are asking you to help us amplify the video so that survivors throughout New York and the rest of the world know that we believe and stand with them.
Here’s how to get involved:
1. Share our post on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter
2. Engage with our content on Instagram and TikTok
3. Share survivor support resources from your organization
4. Tag @verahouseinc
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