Respect Me Too the call
Unifying to end sexual violence
THE chances of you knowing someone who has been affected by sexual violence is unfortunately quite likely.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, one in four women and one in 20 men have been affected by sexual violence.
Whitsunday Counselling and Support is collaborating with local businesses and community services during this month, helping to unveil the uncomfortable truth that sexual violence is still prevalent.
As a community we are supporting survivors and letting perpetrators know that it is not okay.
Respect Me Too is the campaign message, following on from the widespread “Me Too” movement, which went viral last year as a hashtag on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual violence.
Sexual violence can have devastating and long lasting psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor, often impacting them for the rest of their lives. Whitsunday Counselling and Support, specialist counsellor Mandy Coles believes the power of collaboration in the community plays an important role in eradicating sexual violence. “Taking responsibility is less daunting when people feel they have the knowledge about what to do, as well as whole community and peer support,” she said.
Chris Naumann, Hotel Metropole Proserpine manager, is proud to be getting behind the campaign.
The venue has zero tolerance towards sexual violence, and will be distributing coasters with the message, “No means No, STOP sexual violence,” throughout the venue.
Mr Naumann was clear on his stance on the issue saying, “It’s something that is still happening and we as the public need to start seriously addressing it and it needs to stop.”
SHOWING SUPPORT: Chris Naumann, manager at Hotel Metropole Proserpine, is wearing his teal ribbon throughout October.