Sole Sur­vivor cam­paign fo­cuses on end­ing vi­o­lence against women

Grand Falls-Wind­sor mayor de­clares Sept. 11-15 Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Week

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial - BY SAMAN­THA GAR­DINER

Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion South and Cen­tral has teamed up with the Sta­tus of Women Cen­tral to launch its Sole Sur­vivor cam­paign in con­nec­tion with Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Week.

Through­out the week, res­i­dents will see pur­ple boxes pop­ping up in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out Grand Falls-Wind­sor. In­side each box will be a pair of women’s shoes, meant to rep­re­sent women who have been sex­u­ally as­saulted. At­tached to the box will be a card with in­for­ma­tion on the program, as well as a dif­fer­ent statis­tic for each one, ex­plained Cather­ine Arnold, program co­or­di­na­tor for Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion South and Cen­tral.

Mayor Barry Manuel signed a procla­ma­tion Sept. 7 mark­ing Sept. 11 to 15 Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Week in Grand Falls-Wind­sor.

The theme for this year is “to be de­ter­mined,” which rec­og­nizes the ur­gent need to end sex­ual vi­o­lence.

“Sex­ual as­sault is a crime that can af­fect any­one re­gard­less of fac­tors like age, gen­der, abil­ity, so­cio eco­nomic sta­tus, or cul­tural back­ground,” Manuel read dur­ing the procla­ma­tion sign­ing.

The rate of sex­ual as­sault in New­found­land and Labrador re­mains higher than the na­tional av­er­age, he said, yet it is se­verely un­der re­ported.

The an­nual Take Back the Night event will be held Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Angli­can Church on Church Road. Take Back the Night is an in­ter­na­tional event held in com­mu­ni­ties around the world since 1976. It is based on the as­ser­tion that ev­ery­one has the right to be free from vi­o­lence, the right to he heard, and the right to walk in their com­mu­nity free from fear of sex­ual as­sault.

Dur­ing Take Back the Night, shoes from the pur­ple boxes will be placed in front of the lu­mi­nar­ies hon­our­ing women who have been vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence.

Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion South and Cen­tral will also dis­play the book “When Love Hurts” at the pub­lic li­brary. The book is in­tended to help women un­der­stand dif­fer­ent types of vi­o­lence. Copies of the book will be do­nated to Col­lege of the North At­lantic and Keyin Col­lege, Grand Falls-Wind­sor cam­puses.

An on­line so­cial me­dia cam­paign will be held through­out the week. Peo­ple are in­vited to fol­low their page and keep an eye out for con­tests and prizes.

SAMAN­THA GAR­DINER PHOTO

Stephanie Bartlett from the Sta­tus of Women Cen­tral and Cather­ine Arnold of Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion South and Cen­tral hold­ing one of the pur­ple boxes that will be scat­tered around Grand Falls-Wind­sor as part of the Sole Sur­vivor cam­paign.

SAMAN­THA GAR­DINER PHOTO

As a part of Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Week, a cam­paign called Sole Sur­vivor will see boxes like these placed around Grand Falls-Wind­sor, each con­tain­ing a pair of women’s shoes and a card with a statis­tic and ex­pla­na­tion of the cam­paign.

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