In Their Own Words

Jul 1, 2009

“That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child, but the courage to raise one… We need to say to our daughters, don’t ever let images on TV tell you what you are worth, because I expect you to dream without limit and reach for your goals. We need to tell our sons, those songs on the radio may glorify violence, but in our house, we find glory in achievement, self-respect, and hard work. We need to realize that we are our children’s first and best teachers. When we are selfish or inconsiderate, when we mistreat our wives or girlfriends, when we cut corners or fail to control our tempters, our children learn from that – and it’s no surprise when we see those behaviors in our schools or on our streets. But it also works the other way around. When we work hard, treat others with respect, spend within our means, and contribute to our communities, those are the lessons our children learn. And that is what so many fathers are doing every day…”
---U.S. President Barack Obama, “We Need Fathers to Step Up,” Parade Magazine, June 21, 2009

“Through our work at the NoVo Foundation, we have been deeply committed to helping end the epidemic of violence against girls and women around the globe. As we learn more about discrimination and lack of support for victims elsewhere, we were particularly disappointed to see the same discriminatory attitudes and practices playing out in our hometown in the recent ruling of Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper in the Milwaukee paid sick days case. The judge overturned the ordinance solely because of the provisions regarding domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking… Ask anyone who’s been battered or raped what they need to be healthy and safe… That may mean seeking shelter, obtaining a restraining order or working with police and judicial authorities…. Each of these measures requires time, often for appointments that conflict with work schedules… Police and attorneys who work to prosecute these crimes are able to do so only if survivors have the time to follow through on charges.”
---Peter and Jennifer Buffett, “Sick Pay Law Should Cover Abuse Victims,” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, June 23, 2009

“Always remember that the needs of children who are exposed to violence are inextricably linked to the needs of mothers who are the victims of domestic violence. As a father of one son and two daughters, I recognize the importance of healthy relationships and that all of us need to be role models and mentors for our children so that they have the best chance of living in communities and families free from violence.”
---U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder via video to the National Summit on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment, June 2, 2009