500 signatures reached
To: Community Leaders, Government Representatives, and Safe Community Stakeholders
#HandsOff! Say no to Violence
Add your name to the pledge to:
- Not participate in, or condone or be silent about any form of violence; and
- To report any incidents of such violence to the relevant establishment and authorities
A safer community and a stand against violence is everyone's concern. That's why we are asking you to take the #HandsOff Promise and take an active stand against violence in our community.
Why is this important?
FORMER Brisbane Broncos rugby league international Steve Renouf could easily have been a coward punch statistic.
But that's not why the player, known to fans as Pearl, displayed the same lightning speed to be the face of APN's #Hands Off campaign, as he did when scoring breathtaking tries for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia.
It's because he wants his five children to be able to enjoy a night out with friends without constantly worrying about them becoming victims of an alarming increase in late-night violence. The statistics have also prompted the Qld Government to kick-off a $44 million, four-year Safe Night Out initiative to combat the disturbing trend.
Renouf had his jaw shattered by a king hit punch while visiting his mother in Murgon in 1993.
The ugly incident is a constant reminder to him of how lucky he was not to have suffered a far more serious injury.
"When you look at a king hit or whatever you want to call it, there's never a good ending," Renouf told APN, before fronting its #Hands Off campaign.
"I was one of the lucky ones. I ended up with a double fracture of the jaw but we all know they can end up a lot different."
Renouf said his sons and his 18-year-old daughter liked to go out with friends and as a parent he always worried about their safety.
"You never, ever want that phone call," he said.
"The normal comeback from a young kids is, 'dad, we don't go looking for trouble'.
"But it's not them I am worried about. It's other people around them who are fuelled by alcohol.
"Things happen, that's the society we live in these days, so you have to be careful and vigilant."
Renouf said everyone had either seen or heard tragic stories of the damage one punch caused and the pain it inflicted on families.
"That's real," he said.
He admitted, as a player, he went out drinking at night with team-mates many times and had witnessed a lot of incidents, including efforts by members of the public to make a name for themselves by hassling footballers and other high profile sports people.
"There's nothing wrong with walking away, there really isn't," he said.
"To king hit someone when they are not looking or not expecting it, that's the lowest act possible.
"So the message is very clear: 'hands off' males, females, everyone... there's no need to be attacking anyone."