The Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine led more than one thousand men from all walks of life today on a demonstration march through the streets of downtown Honolulu. The occasion was the 20th Anniversary of the Men’s March Against Domestic Violence, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Hawai`i and the Domestic Violence Action Center.
Dean Hedges was Honorary Chair of this milestone march, and leaders from throughout the University of Hawai`i showed their full support. Students and faculty of the medical school were joined in the march by University of Hawai’i President David Lassner, UH Athletics Director Ben Jay and several of his deputies, members of the UH Rainbow Warrior football team and Head Coach Norman Chow, the Chancellor of West O’ahu, Rockne Freitas, a contingent of marchers from the Kapi`olani and Leeward Community Colleges, and a wide swath of community members of all ages from all professions. Their hope was to raise awareness about and to promote putting an end to domestic violence.
Dean Hedges was asked to head the march this year because he is an experienced emergency medicine physician who has seen injuries from domestic violence much too frequently in the hospital. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Catholic Charities Hawai`i. But the Dean was moved to lead this march even more by events in his own life. At a post-march rally at Skygate Park, Dr. Hedges courageously told the story of his own experience with domestic violence. He spoke about his family’s burden–and that shared by so many other families–and he proclaimed, “We have all been silent too long. Domestic violence has to stop.”
Watch our embedded video report here, or directly by clicking HERE.
UH Men Stand Tall Against Domestic Violence