Stand up to violence
Community urged to support Soroptimist’s state-to-state walk
Tired of seeing women become victims of heinous violence, Soroptimist Cobram-Barooga is taking a stand, organising a stateto-state walk.
The walk on December 2 starts at Thompsons Beach at 7 am, finishing at Barooga Community Centre with a barbecue breakfast. ‘Why do it?’ you might wonder. The message from the group is simple.
‘‘How many women have to die, be physically or emotionally abused before the community shows its disgust for violence against women?’’ Soroptimist publicity officer Jan Cullen said.
Statistics from White Ribbon show domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children; on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner; almost 40 per cent of women continued to experience violence from their partner while temporarily separated; and one in three people do not think controlling someone is a form of violence.
‘‘The statistics are there and they are only the ones that have been reported. The numbers not reported must be horrendous,’’ Ms Cullen said.
She believed one of the biggest problems facing people stuck in difficult situations was that it was difficult to break the cycle of violence, which is what the walk is promoting.
‘‘I think some people watch what they’ve grown up with so they continue to do the same thing,’’ Ms Cullen said.
‘‘The walk is really hoping to bring violence against women to the attention of people. Violence against women is still there so it seems we still have a long way to go before we make a significant difference to the lives of women in those predicaments.’’
Ms Cullen said as well as awareness events like the walk, more could be done in the classroom to help stamp out violence.
‘‘I think we need better education; I don’t know whether schools could handle it, but somewhere in society we need to find a way of educating people to solve their problems without being violent,’’ she said.
Ms Cullen encouraged community members who wanted to say no to violence against women to take part in the pleasant walk.
‘‘Now is your opportunity to do something that will make a difference in society by providing funds to White Ribbon and Marian Community,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve had Marian Community come and do talks for us before and they do a wonderful job in Shepparton.
‘‘They go out at all hours of the night and take women to refuges and look after children that have been hurt or have seen horrific things, they do a wonderful job.’’
Anyone interested in the walk can book on the day or by logging onto Trybooking and entering Cobram-Barooga state-to-state walk. It is $10 entry, with fees split between Marian Community and White Ribbon.