Victims Remembered During Men's March Against Violence

Jesse Lipman
Jesse Lipman

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- An elderly visitor from Canada. A teenaged boy from the Big Island. They're just two of the victims recognized at a domestic violence march on Oahu Thursday.

Several dozen men brave the mid-day heat and take a stand against domestic abuse.

"There's an assumption that men are abusers or this is a major problem, and it is a serious problem, even if it's just one person," Jesse Lipman, march participant, said. "There's also a lot of men who are working hard to set a good example."

Lipman, a father of two, hits the streets with police officers, lawmakers and others for the annual Men's March Against Violence.

"I have two daughters," Lipman said. "And setting the example for my two daughters is important."

While walking, participants say they remember those who have died or have suffered injuries from domestic violence over the past 12 months.

Ted Jandura is accused of stabbing his wife to death. Police found the body of 82-year-old Ingeborg Jandura in her Waikiki hotel room.

Tyrone Vesperas is charged with fatally stabbing his son. Investigators say 14-year-old Tyran Vesperas-Saniatan died while trying to protect his pregnant mother.

"I think it's important for men to speak up and to talk about why violence is not acceptable and to show that we have solidarity with women, that we're here to care for women," Lipman said.

The march ends with a rally and a pledge of non-violence.

"Last year was a little bit smaller march, I think," Lipman said. "And this year, it looks like the numbers increased. So it was really good to see such a long line of people out here."

Men who are showing their strength in a different way.

It's the 13th straight year for the Men's March Against Violence in Honolulu.