Sex­ual aware­ness month per­sists with new project

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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