Winnipeg Blue Bombers Deliver Violence against Women Programming

March 13, 2018 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Winnipeg Blue Bombers News Release

WINNIPEG, MB. - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are delivering Break the Silence on Violence Against Women programming in high schools and community organizations in Manitoba this week.

Program ambassadors Thomas Miles and Matthias Goossen will visit Erickson Collegiate, Green Valley School, and Wahbung Abinoonjiaag (a domestic violence prevention centre), to deliver Break the Silence on Violence Against Women presentations and workshops. At Wahbung Abinoonjiaag, the players will present alongside former CFL player and current Ending Violence Association of Canada trainer JR LaRose, as well as survivors of domestic violence who will be sharing their stories.

"We are proud to be in our third year of supporting schools with Violence Against Women programming across Manitoba," said Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Last week, the team celebrated International Women's Day by releasing five new videos featuring the team's 2018 Break the Silence on Violence Against Women player ambassadors and by visiting Wahbung Abinoonjiaag to take part in a sharing circle. The 2018 video PSAs cover topics like emotional abuse, bystander intervention, consent, healthy masculinity, and provide the public with resources including confidential domestic violence help line. Each year the videos are played at Investors Group Field during all home games and can be seen and heard on local television and radio stations.

By May, the Bombers will have delivered 20 presentations and 20 workshops with high school students across the province, including schools in Snow Lake, Berens River, Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation, and Winnipeg, representing 15,000 participating high school students since the program's launch in 2015. This program is supported through Status of Women's Canada Women's Program and in partnership with Manitoba Status of Women.

The Break the Silence on Violence Against Women is a school program and public awareness campaign featuring presentations, workshops, and PSAs, which review various forms of violence against women and how men and boys can be allies for women and create safer communities for everyone.

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