Teal ribbons a sign of support
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.
SUPPORTERS: (from left) Cr Mike Brunker, Cr Jan Clifford, Cr Andrew Willcox, Mandy Coles, Cr Dave Clark and Cr John Collins.