Silent Tour makes much-needed noise

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A WA hu­man­i­tar­ian worker is tak­ing an ex­tended stop in Kar­ratha to raise lo­cal aware­ness of the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on chil­dren.

Al­bany so­cial worker and carer Julie Jasper packed up her desk and took to the road on a World War II-era mo­tor­bike in March, start­ing a year-long char­ity ride for chil­dren af­fected by do­mes­tic as­sault and its as­so­ci­ated trauma.

Her ride, called the Silent Tour, started as in­spi­ra­tion for a book she is writ­ing but turned into some­thing for a big­ger cause.

“From work­ing in a group home for two years — we hear a lot about fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence for the women, but we never re­ally hear any­thing about what it’s like through the eyes of the child and the dam­age it ac­tu­ally does to them,” she said.

Ms Jasper ar­rived in Kar­ratha for a fort­night-long stopover last week and will spend her time here meet­ing a range of com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing lo­cal po­lice, Roe­bourne PCYC and the Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the­si­lent­tour.com.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Al­bany so­cial worker Julie Jasper is spend­ing two weeks in Kar­ratha on her mo­tor­bike ride around Aus­tralia to raise aware­ness of the im­pact of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on chil­dren.

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