Joining thousands of other North Texans, President Thomas W. Keefe and UD students will gather at City Hall to protest domestic abuse and violence against women in Dallas at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23. The event, hosted by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, is a response to increased domestic abuse in Dallas in recent years. Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Dallas Diocese will also attend the rally.
"As a Catholic university and as a university that celebrates the heroic ideal, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to speak out against the violence against women that is, at times, pervading our culture and to uphold the dignity of the human person," said Keefe.
While women are invited to the rally, according to Rawlings, the event's focus is on men uniting to speak out against domestic violence and commit to teaching their families respect for women.
According to a letter written by Rawlings to encourage participation in the event, the number of Dallas murders related to domestic violence more than doubled between 2011 and 2012. Rawlings stressed the importance of addressing this issue on a local level.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit the Dallas Men Against Abuse website for more information.