Damascus College students become White Ribbon Day ambassadors

Damascus College’s Kirk Baine has a drive to stop violence against women. Which is why the year 11 student has joined a group of 16 senior students as a White Ribbon Day ambassador and help to “weed out pre-conceived ideas”.

“It stops right here and we’re trying to spread that view,” Kirk said.

The students have studied how the media portrays women and Kirk said hearing people’s personal stories had made the issue “very real”.

VCE coordinator Matthew Hallowell said the group’s aim was to educate students about their thinking about women and to give them the courage to speak up if needed.

This week, the group has distributed violence against women statistics at the school and organised a teachers versus students netball day to raise awareness.

AWARENESS: Sixteen Damascus College senior students, including Kirk Baine, front, have become White Ribbon Day ambassadors. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

AWARENESS: Sixteen Damascus College senior students, including Kirk Baine, front, have become White Ribbon Day ambassadors. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric