Syracuse, New York – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) this week spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the 24th annual Vera House White Ribbon Campaign and to urge his colleagues to stand in solidarity against domestic violence and sexual assault.
Video of Representative Katko’s can be found here. His remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak out against domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Domestic violence affects people from all backgrounds. Regardless of race, religion, and socio-economic background, domestic abuse touches all aspects of our community.
We must work together to stop this.
Central New York is home to Vera House, a wonderful organization that works to prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence.
This month, Vera House kicked off its 24th Annual White Ribbon Campaign in Central New York. This campaign raises awareness for the need to put an end to domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Throughout the duration of the White Ribbon Campaign, thousands of Central New Yorkers will be wearing a white ribbon – as I am today – to stand in solidarity against abuse.
I urge my House colleagues to join me in wearing a white ribbon to demonstrate a personal pledge to work towards preventing violence against men, women, and children. I yield back the balance of my time.
This afternoon, Rep. Katko joined hundreds of Central New Yorkers for the Vera House White Ribbon Walk.