Laker Hockey to Host Annual 'White Out' Game Friday

LSSU White Out

Cullen Maksimowski,

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.—The Lake Superior State hockey team will host its eighth-annual 'White Out' domestic and sexual violence awareness night inside Taffy Abel Arena this Friday (Jan.12) when the Lakers take on Ferris State at 7:07 p.m.

The 'White-Out' night stems from the White Ribbon Campaign which was formed in the early 1990's by a group of men in Toronto, Canada with the purpose of ending domestic and sexual violence against women.

In recent years, Lake State has teamed up with the Diane Peppler Resource Center and several agencies in the local community to create the Sexual Violence Prevention Team of the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

The goal of the 'White Out' night is for Laker fans to wear as much white as possible to bring awareness and help end domestic and sexual violence. This year, through donations and community support, the DPRC and SVP team has made it possible to give away 1,000 free t-shirts at Friday's game.

This past week, white ribbons were hung in various locations throughout downtown Sault Ste. Marie to help kick off the campaign.

Throughout the game, several stations representing different violence prevention agencies from around the EUP will be set to provide information and opportunities to get involved.

Additional information on the White Ribbon Campaign can be found online at To learn more about the Diane Peppler Resource Center visit or all 906-635-0566.

Domestic & Sexual Violence Statistics from Diane Peppler Resource Center:

 •    January is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. 1 in 3 teenagers will be a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
 •    Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women-more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
 •    Many have considered domestic and sexual violence to be a women's issue, but today we are working to make it a community issue.
 •    Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
 •    Men, who as children, witness their parents' domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives as sons of nonviolent parents.
 •    More than 40% of domestic violence victims are male.
 •    Nearly 3 out of 4 of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
 •    1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men age 18 and older in the US have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.