PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hundreds crammed into the second floor of the US Steel Building and they made a Father’s Day pledge to speak out against domestic violence.
“We stand up and speak out in public and then when you are concerned about somebody that you know or somebody that you love, you actually feel a lot more empowered to reach out to them to offer help,” said Nicole Molinaro of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.
They took a pledge to say more to domestic violence because prevention requires leadership.
“I say ‘no more,’ because I have a voice for those who are afraid to speak out,” pledged Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
“I say ‘no more,’ because everyone deserves to live an environment free of violence,” pledged Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
Those in attendance heard a disturbing statistic; four women in the United States are killed every day from domestic violence.
“Shut down locker room talk,” said Kristy Trautmann of the FISA Foundation. “If you hear disrespectful comments or jokes, say ‘that’s not funny, don’t talk like that in front of me.'”
If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone that is, help can be found by calling the Women’s Center Hotline at 412-687-8005.