17 May 13
Harlequins has confirmed an exciting group of pre-season fixtures as it prepares for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Images released today of Harlequins players, Ollie Kohn, Karl Dickson, Mike Brown, Ugo Monye, Ross Chisholm, Will Skinner, Danny Care and Tom Guest show their support of charity Women's Aid's campaign against domestic violence, as they model a range of exclusive charity t-shirts.
With one woman in four experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime, the campaign sees Harlequins Rugby Club join forces with Women's Aid and department store Debenhams to back the call that 'Real Men' do not abuse and control women - physically, emotionally, sexually or financially.
Designer at Debenhams favourite, Henry Holland, has created a range of men's t-shirts available exclusively at the retailer's stores and online. The t-shirts carry the slogan 'I'm a Real Man' and sell for just £12 with profits going to Women's Aid.
To support the 'Real Man' campaign, go to http://www.realmancampaign.com/ and sign the Real Man pledge which is:
Teresa Parker from Women's Aid said: "We are proud to be working with Harlequins Rugby Club again in the second year of the 'Real Man' campaign. We are grateful to the players who are wearing their 'Real Man' t-shirts with pride and sending out a clear message that domestic violence is never acceptable. We ask everyone to join us by signing the 'Real Man' pledge at http://www.realmancampaign.com/and by going to Debenhams and buying the 'Real Man' t-shirt, which is raising vital funds for Women's Aid."
Lorraine Rooney, Marketing Manager from Harlequin FC said: "Just reading some of the statistics really makes you stop and think about this campaign and we are very fortunate to be in a position to support Women's Aid. It has been a pleasure working with the Women's Aid team and if we can even help a handful of women by driving awareness and showing them where they can turn for help we'll be happy."
For more information about domestic violence, or if you are experiencing abuse from a partner and need help and support, visit the Survivor's Handbook at the Women's Aid website at www.womensaid.org.uk.
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