Teal rib­bons a sign of sup­port

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil will be don­ning teal rib­bons for the month of Oc­to­ber to help raise aware­ness about sex­ual vi­o­lence.

Whit­sun­day Coun­selling and Sup­port (WCS) has joined forces with a num­ber of lo­cal busi­ness and com­mu­nity ser­vices, and is pleased the coun­cil is show­ing sup­port.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said it was im­por­tant that all vic­tims were fully aware that the com­mu­nity stood by their side, in par­tic­u­lar women.

“We lis­ten and sup­port them in rais­ing aware­ness of a prob­lem that af­fects too many women,” he said.

“One in five fe­males in Aus­tralia, sadly, have been the vic­tim of sex­ual vi­o­lence since the age of 15.

“This is not ac­cept­able and must be stamped out.”

WCS spe­cial­ist coun­sel­lor Mandy Coles said a whole-com­mu­nity ap­proach from di­verse sec­tors, in­clud­ing lo­cal govern­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and health as well as lo­cal busi­nesses, was para­mount in ad­dress­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence and erad­i­cat­ing it from so­ci­ety.

“While ap­proaches in the past to sex­ual vi­o­lence have largely fo­cused on the court sys­tem, there is move­ment to­wards a more rounded ap­proach which recog­nises that vi­o­lence is not the out­come of any sin­gle fac­tor, but is pro­duced by nu­mer­ous risk fac­tors that in­ter­act at in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity lev­els,” she said.

Teal rib­bons are avail­able at WCS free of charge for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who wish to show their sup­port.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SUP­PORT­ERS: (from left) Cr Mike Brunker, Cr Jan Clif­ford, Cr An­drew Will­cox, Mandy Coles, Cr Dave Clark and Cr John Collins.

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