Strike Out Violence Day, established in 1997 continues to be a groundbreaking annual event and the first of its kind in the nation that brings together a major league baseball team (San Francisco Giants), law enforcement, and a national domestic violence agency dedicated to bring together public awareness and resources to stop violence in our homes and in our community. The pre-game ceremony brings 40,000 people to their feet cheering the emotional and powerful pre-game ceremony honoring survivors of violence and formerly abusive men who are now giving back to communities and people they have harmed.
Strike Out Violence Day pre-game ceremony
Robb Nen and Barry Bonds and his son getting ready
for the moment of silence. All players wore purple
ribbons during the game to show solidarity against
San Francisco Giants Players holding posters and standing shoulder to shoulders with survivors of violence and ex-offenders who have stopped their violence.
Trisha Meili and Sunny Schwartz her pitching coach,
warming up for the ceremonial first pitch. Trisha
(commonly known as the "Central Park Jogger") is a
rape survivor and brain injury survivor who was brutally
attacked while jogging in New York's Central Park.
Against all odds she not only survived but has become
a vibrant and solid advocate for head trauma survivors
and other public interest intitatives.
Here is proud Trisha after she threw a fast ball down
the middle for the ceremonial first pitch and yes she
made it to the plate!
Future Hall of Famer, Rob Nen during the heartfelt
moment of silence for victims of violence.
Mary Vincent survivor of rape, kidnap and mayhem
standing proud with her sons behind her while
throwing out the first pitch at the SF Giants Strike Out
Outside the ball park, the first 20,00 fans received this
poster and participated in standing prior to the moment
of silence, taking a pledge to stop violence in their homes
and in the streets