Campaign to end sexual violence
TAXIS, police cars, buses and limousines will be joining the campaign against sexual violence campaign in the Whitsundays this month by displaying teal-coloured ribbons.
Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) is an Australian-wide annual campaign held in October and the driving force in the Whitsundays is Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling.
Counsellor Mandy Coles said it was important to get the message out especially after the Victims Assist’s alarming statistics.
“This campaign is marked by a teal ribbon and it aims to educate communities and individuals to support the end of sexual violence and to provide information about the available support for those who have been affected,” she said.
In 2010, Victims Assist reported The Whitsundays as being the second highest reported region for sexual assault in the state.
It was also reported that in 95 per cent of childhood sexual assault cases, the offender was known to the child and was a relative or trusted friend and one in three women and one in five men were victims of sexual assault.
Among those rallying to support the campaign will be 16 taxis, three Proserpine police cars, five Whitsunday police vehicles, five Whitsunday Transit buses and two Proserpine limousines.
This is just one activity Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling will be hosting over the month of October.
Posters and stickers have already been displayed throughout nightclubs and pubs providing contact and safety numbers.
Awareness stamps, administrated by Keys Security and Elite Security, will be stamped on patrons when entering Magnums and Mama Africa Bar and Nightclub in a ‘Dance against Sexual Violence’ event.
A ‘Reclaim the Night’ march will take place on October 31 and a clothesline project will be on display at Centro from October 13-20.
For more information on upcoming events phone Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling on 4946 2999.
THE COLOUR TEAL: Debbie Muller from J.J Richards, Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling counsellors Kerri Tighe, Jan Waetford and Mandy Coles, Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre community development officer Tamara Noble, Proserpine Limousines operator Matthew Lee, Constable Justin Bailey from Whitsunday Police and Whitsunday Transit operations manager Chris Harvey wear teal ribbons to raise awareness for sexual violence for the month of October.