Sole Survivor campaign focuses on ending violence against women
Grand Falls-Windsor mayor declares Sept. 11-15 Sexual Violence Awareness Week
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.
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.
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.