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Gentlemen Ride roars through eastern Iowa to end domestic violence

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Domestic violence has been popping up in the past couple of months with recent reports of NFL players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson in the spotlight because of it.

However, some eastern Iowa men have been shedding light and taking their stand to end domestic violence, for years.

A group of motorcyclists and motorcycle clubs rode more than 50 miles across eastern Iowa to bring awareness to domestic violence issues.

Nearly 200 motorcyclists gathered at J&P Cycles in Anamosa, before taking the streets traveling for the event dubbed the Gentlemen's Ride, sponsored by Waypoint Services.

The motorcyclists started in Anamosa, traveled to Delhi, from Delhi the group traveled to Wyoming, Iowa, before ending back in Anamosa.

"There's nothing like a roar of thunder going down the road for somebody to take a second look," said Rina Jensen, a motorcyclist. "Domestic violence is a big deal. It's not just men beating up women, it's sometimes women beating up men, it needs to stop."

Jason Chrzan is a veteran and the vice president of the Teufelhund Veterans Group of Anamosa.

He says the ride is important because society often focuses on those who commit domestic violence instead of those committed to helping end it.

"But a lot of problems stem from the violence we've had to do and the violence we've had to put up with, and it can transfer into your life, it's part of PTSD," said Jason 'Bubbles' Chrzan, who's been participating for two years.

Cedar Rapids Mayor, Ron Corbett proclaimed Oct. 15th as "Gentleman Day" to help Waypoint Services spread awareness to end domestic violence.

Waypoint provides shelter and support for women and families in crisis due to homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

"One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence some time during their life time," said Jaye Kennedy, Waypoint CEO.

Kennedy says the men participating in the ride don't commit violence against women and are good examples in the community.  

"Gentle, not bullying, not hitting, not being abusive, but being respectful of other women," said Kennedy

Waypoint Services in Cedar Rapids helped more 2,500 new victims of domestic violence last year.

"People who have domestic violence problems regardless of military or non military," said Chrzan.

The cost to participate in the event was $15 a motorcycle or $25 for 2 up.

The proceeds will help benefit Waypoint Services in Cedar Rapids.

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