Thirty-sixth Day of Ac­tion to Counter Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Against Women

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Coali­tion des groupes de femmes de la Haute-ya­maska et Brome-mis­sisquoi

The Coali­tion des groupes de femmes de la Haute-ya­maska et Brome-mis­sisquoi in­vites you to take part in the 36th Day of Ac­tion to Counter Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Against Women. Sex­ual As­sault – Women’s In­vis­i­ble Past is the theme of this year’s Day of Ac­tion.

Events will be held on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15, 2017. You are in­vited to take part in a 2-km Silent March to take a stand against sex­ual as­sault and to raise aware­ness about the in­vis­i­bil­ity of cer­tain women’s sex­ual as­sault ex­pe­ri­ences. The pre-march rally will take place at 6:30 p.m. un­der the big top at Parc Vic­to­ria. We in­vite and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants to wear as much black as pos­si­ble.

Since the launch of the #Been­raped­n­ev­er­re­ported hash­tag in the fall of 2014, thou­sands of women have pub­licly bro­ken the si­lence on their sex­ual as­sault ex­pe­ri­ence. By do­ing so, they have helped bring sex­ual as­sault into the spot­light and into pub­lic de­bate. De­spite the coura­geous gen­eros­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion of these sur­vivors, sex­ual as­sault is still an ex­ces­sively taboo is­sue. Many of women’s ex­pe­ri­ences are not rep­re­sented in this pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion. For in­stance, sel­dom do we hear about the sto­ries of women with uncer­tain im­mi­gra­tion sta­tuses or with lim­ited mo­bil­ity, or women who face dis­crim­i­na­tion based on their eth­nic­ity, gen­der iden­tity, or sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. Yet the con­text of these women’s lives can make them more sus­cep­ti­ble to sex­ual as­sault, and presents real ob­sta­cles to their re­cov­ery — specif­i­cally in terms of ac­cess to ser­vices and le­gal re­course but also in terms of the prej­u­dices they face when they de­cide to come out pub­licly. It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the im­pacts of sex­ual as­sault are di­verse and can vary de­pend­ing on the type of marginal­iza­tion and dis­crim­i­na­tion women face.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the march, sex­ual as­sault sur­vivors will share tes­ti­mo­ni­als to high­light the di­ver­sity of sex­ual as­sault ex­pe­ri­ences. These tes­ti­mo­ni­als will then be shared on so­cial me­dia.

Come one, come all, rain or shine, let’s walk strong, to­gether!

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