Hunter White Ribbon Day Breakfast faces up to family violence

SERIOUS MESSAGE: Lambton High School student Tyler Chapman rehearses Remember My Name.

SERIOUS MESSAGE: Lambton High School student Tyler Chapman rehearses Remember My Name.

NEWCASTLE'S White Ribbon Breakfast will start with a solemn reminder.

A young man will stand and read the poem, Remember My Name.

Written by Kimberley A Collins, the verses memorialise and mourn the Australian women who have lost their lives to violence.

This year alone, 76 women have died at the hands of domestic and family violence.

Lambton High School year 12 student Tyler Chapman will recite the poem in their memory.

Tyler said the poem was an important way to remind people those women were not just statistics but real people.

"Gender perceptions play a massive role towards violence against women, with women unfortunately still being seen as the weaker sex," he said.

"As young men we need to learn now so we can act later, and prevent this from continuing in future generations."

Hunter White Ribbon Day Breakfast committee chairman Jon Chin said The 2012 ABS personal safety survey revealed more than 132,000 Australian women experienced violence at the hands of a current or former partner in the past 12 months.

"That is enough women to fill Hunter Stadium four times over," Mr Chin said.

"We need to get the message of respecting women to all men, particularly young men, and Tyler is helping to do that."

Proceeds from the breakfast will support Hunter domestic violence support services provided by Jenny's Place and the Hunter Women's Centre.

■ Hunter White Ribbon Day Breakfast, West Leagues Club New Lambton, November 25, 7am, $30, go to proticket.com.au/Events/Details/3980 or phone 4935 1287.

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