Women march against domestic violence
WHITSUNDAY community members spoke out against sexual violence by taking part in the Reclaim the Night rally in Airlie Beach on Friday night.
More than 70 people, including men and young children gathered at the Airlie Beach foreshore market area at dusk to form a parade which marched to the top of the lagoon and back.
Their strong voices could be heard chanting throughout the street in an attempt to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence in the Whitsunday region, with many more people joining the march along the way.
Whitsunday Regional Councillor Jan Clifford spoke out about her own experience of domestic violence at the march last year and was honoured to take part in the parade once again.
“As a victim of domestic violence for a number of years it means a lot to me personally to be here,” she said.
“We all have a right to be safe, no matter who you are or where you are from, we should all be able to feel safe in our home and on the street.”
A major highlight of the evening was the powerful account read out by a survivor of domestic violence which brought tears to the eyes of many audience members as her words resonated with some of their own experiences.
The march, organised through the Domestic Violence Integrated Response Network (DVIRN), which includes the Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service (WCCS) and Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre (WNC), was relaunched last year as an annual event.
Leah Anderson from WCCS said the event was a great success and thanked members of the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre for their outstanding contribution.
This event was the final local event of Sexual Violence Awareness month.
STANDING TOGETHER: Angela Spicer, Lauren Haack, PJ Halter, Rhonda Rumpf, Leah Anderson from Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling, Zoe Deacon, Ayla Ovari, Marlene Reiffel, Connie Riley, Counsellor Jan Clifford, Jayde Pitau, Marjory Noble, (front) Skye Ovari, Vanya Ngakuru, Lela Pitau, Hailey Poid and Tamara Noble from the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre marched through Airlie Beach on Friday night to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence.