Hundreds in Hawaii march against domestic violence

Makana Ramos
Makana Ramos

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The statistics are alarming, but Hawaii residents are taking a stand against a disturbing trend.

One out of every four women will be a victim of domestic violence.

On average, three women are killed each day across the country, at the hands of a current or former romantic partner.

On Thursday, Hawaii took a stand against that disturbing trend.

In a strong show of support, several hundred men and women marched in solidarity, with the hope of erasing a black eye on society.

"I don't really like it, I think women deserve to be treated well, I mean, men too. I don't want my lady hitting me, but nobody should be hitting each other", said participant Makana Ramos.

Thursday's march in downtown Honolulu drew a number of non-profit groups, as well as the City, and the Honolulu Police Department, in observing October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. This year, the spotlight has shifted, not on the victim or the offender, but rather on the bystander, signifying that violence is everyone's business. It's becoming widely known that men are victims as well.

"It's not just men that have domestic violence problems, also women, so for anyone to be aware of it, it's a good thing", said Kapiolani Community College student Noelle Wood.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz helped lead Thursday's march, which ended at the Skygate Park, and he had a stern message for those in attendance.

"It is you, you young men with your ties on sitting here wondering when I'm going to be pau, it is you that is going to make the change in the society that we need", said Schatz.

Change, that comes, when cooler heads ultimately prevail.

There'll be information and resources available for anyone interested.

During the entire month of October, events will be held across the state to help those affected by domestic violence. A list of these events can be found below.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
University of Hawaii Maui College

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Love is Respect: Candlelight Vigil
St. Michael's Church (Lihue)

Thursday, October 20, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Domestic Violence Awareness March
Molokai (meet in front of the library)

Friday, October 21, 2011
5:00 p.m.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil
ReVive Resale Boutique (Kahului Shopping Center)

Thursday, October 27, 2011
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Annual Candlelight Vigil
McCoy Pavilion

Saturday, October 29, 2011
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Why Walk: Men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, & family violence

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