DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Administrators with the Dallas Independent School District say it won’t be just “men” standing up against domestic violence at the Dallas Men Against Abuse rally happening this weekend.

According to school district officials, some 1,000 male students will join in the call to ‘man up’ and end domestic violence. A number of DISD students are featured in Dallas public service announcements. “I pledge to hold my male friends accountable for their violent actions,” one teen declared in a video.

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings first began speaking about the issue of domestic violence in January, after a Dallas man was arrested for stabbing his wife to death in the parking garage of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Police say victim Karen Smith had had a violent relationship with her estranged husband. Then, just days before Valentine’s Day, Rawlings spearheaded the ‘man up’ campaign.

“I’m a big cheerleader, as you can hear me, about the City of Dallas, and there’s so many positive things happening,” Rawlings said. “It’s tough, though, for me to revel in the joy of that when I realize behind close doors there’s so much terror.”

Rawlings said the domestic violence problem is something that really needs to be addressed. “We also have to deal with issues that are right there in our face, and that’s why I brought this issue up to the men of Dallas,” he said. “We’re the ones that can stop this.”

Male DISD students will join well known figures like Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, former Dallas mayor and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

The 10,000 Men Rally Against Domestic violence event will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Dallas City Hall, located at 1500 Marilla Street.

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