Sexual awareness month persists with new project
A CLOTHESLINE project will be on display at Centro Shopping Centre until next Monday, October 20.
This is the third activity Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling, in conjunction with Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, are hosting as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month in October.
A clothesline is currently erected in the shopping centre, decorated with clothing displaying messages from local women and children who have been affected by sexual violence. This is an international project to help stop violence against women and children.
Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre community development officer Tamara Noble said the clothesline project was a way of airing society’s dirty laundry.
“The aim of the clothesline project is to give survivors and victims a voice, help with the healing process for people impacted by violence and to educate, document and raise society’s awareness of the extent of the problem of sexual violence,” she said.
Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling counsellor Mandy Coles said the message they wanted to relay to the community was that “only yes means yes”.
“Consent is something that should be actively sought and enthusiastically given,” she said.
The next event for Sexual Violence Awareness Month will be the Reclaim the Night march on October 31.
The Reclaim the Night march will be a rally down the main street of Airlie Beach where Whitsunday residents are invited to stand up and raise awareness about sexual violence.
Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling are also taking expressions of interests for adult survivors of sexual assault to take part in an 8-week educational workshop.
For more information contact Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling on 4946 2999.
ART ACTIVISM: Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling counsellor Mandy Coles and Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre community development officer Tamara Noble at the clothesline project which will be on display at Centro Shopping Centre until Monday, October 20.