Cam­paign to end sex­ual vi­o­lence

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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