Hundreds turn out for march in Mossman
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.