Men take a stand against violence with annual march

Published: Oct. 8, 2015 at 8:09 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 12, 2015 at 7:11 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Twenty-one years ago, Salvatore Lanzalotti co-founded the Men's March Against Violence with this message: "This is men saying, standing up in our community, 'we don't want this.'"

That message continued today, as about 1,000 men marched from the state Capitol to Honolulu Hale to take a stand against domestic violence.

"We have the opportunity to not only talk about it, but what needs to be done, what responsibility men have to do something about it," said Jerry Rauckhorst, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities Hawaii.

A major focus of the march is reaching out to young minds. The Waipahu baseball team was at the event, as was a group from Saint Louis School.

"It's important that they're learning it by being a part of something authentic, authentic learning. We're out here, we're seeing other members of the community," said Saint Louis Head of School Glenn Medeiros.

UH athletics also had a significant presence at the march.

"I think the first step towards putting an end to domestic violence is awareness and understanding and getting it out there that it's not acceptable and it can't be tolerated," said Rainbow Warriors Baseball Head Coach Mike Trapasso.

Lanzalotti said while there was a diversity of people at the march, they all have the same goal in mind."It's elders, it's young people. It's everyone standing up and saying, we need peace in our community," he said.

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