Hun­dreds turn out for march in Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

WOMEN, men and chil­dren of all ages turned last night up to the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil dressed in white, wav­ing flags and hold­ing signs that read “Stand Up and Speak Out” to sup­port the cam­paign against do­mes­tic violence.

Coun­cil­lors, school chil­dren, po­lice of­fi­cers and com­mu­nity work­ers banded to­gether to show their sup­port and en­cour­age an open di­a­logue.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu joined the ranks and said the twi­light walk served as a state­ment from the com­mu­nity that do­mes­tic violence is un­ac­cept­able.

“Pre­vi­ously vic­tims have suf­fered in si­lence and were too afraid to speak up,” Mayor Leu said.

“This walk shows that the com­mu­nity has come to­gether to en­cour­age an open and frank dis­cus­sion about the is­sue.”

Or­gan­iser Steve Holden ad­dressed the crowd be­fore they set off on their walk, ask­ing the com­mu­nity to look af­ter each other in a phys­i­cal and emo­tional sense.

“For years this is­sue has been hap­pen­ing be­hind closed doors.

“It’s in­stances like this that al­low for an open and hon­est cu­ture and pro­mote change,” he said.

Seventy-eight white rib­bons were part of the pa­rade to rep­re­sent the women killed in do­mes­tic violence in Aus­tralia this year.

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