The ship's company of HMAS Sirius have taken a stand against domestic violence, marking White Ribbon's Night In.
The replenishment at sea control room onboard was set up as a temporary movie theatre complete with white ribbons hanging from the ceiling along with cheese platters and potato chips to snack on.
An admission fee was charged to watch the screening of the movie ‘Hot Rod’ with all proceeds collected going toward the foundation.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls and to promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. White Ribbon Australia, as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.
Prior to commencement of the movie, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Jessica Clarke read a prepared statement to those gathered about the history of the White Ribbon Orgainsation and also some confronting statistics highlighting the seriousness of the issue within Australia. This was repeated the following morning to the entire ship's company.
“It blew me away at how serious the issue is and the fact most cases are unreported is even more concerning,” she said.
Commanding Officer Sirius Commander Darren Grogan said he was proud of the fundraising efforts of the crew.
“The Royal Australian Navy is proud to be one of the largest organisations in Australia to support White Ribbon," he said.
“The foundation aligns closely with our values and signature behaviours and it was our pleasure to do our little bit to support such a worthwhile cause."