Taking a stand against violence

Take Back the Night candlelight march starts at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2

The public is invited to Take Back the Night, an annual candlelight march protesting violence against women and children.

The walk starts at the 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre at 475 Birch Ave. at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. There is no fee to participate and there will be candles and light refreshments provided.

“Up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime,” says Women’s Centre Stop the Violence counsellor Emma Bailey.

“With that being said, many assaults and violence are under-reported. It is important to let women and children suffering from violence know that they are not alone, that we as a community support them, and that they are not at fault.

“There has been a lot of media coverage in the last year about violence against women, and it should not stop there.

“Although our centre focuses primarily on women and children, we strongly believe that any violence is unacceptable and we encourage men and partners to come out to support us.”

The Women’s Centre, which offers support services to women in violent situations, would also appreciate any donations or canned goods for its emergency food bank.

“Let’s make this a special night by showing our community spirit and coming together in unity to honour our women and children.”