Hundreds gathered in Honolulu Thursday for the 21st Annual Men’s March Against Violence.
The annual event featured a march that started at the State Capitol Rotunda and ended at Honolulu Hale where a rally was held.
There, several organizations took a stand against domestic violence.
“The thing about domestic violence is we need to think about it and say we’re not going to be quiet about it,” said Ryan Kusumoto, president and CEO of Parents and Children Together (PACT). “That’s the important part about this. It doesn’t stay behind closed doors and we get it out there, to bring the necessary resources to those who need help.”
While men are asked to march, everyone is encouraged to participate.
Honorary chair Dr. Jerris Hedges, dean of the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was a guest speaker.
“As healthcare providers, we always need to ask, do you feel safe at home, or in your relationship?” he said. “We must be attuned to the person who’s reluctant to share the context or social information about the relationship.”
Presenting organizations included Catholic Charities Hawaii, Domestic Violence Action Center, and Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.