Take Back the Night march against violence planned for this evening

By James Peters/Jill Sperling
September 16, 2016 - 11:09am

KAMLOOPS — The annual Take Back the Night march against sexual violence takes place tonight.

A ceremony begins at 5:30 at the Riverside Park bandshell, with the march down Victoria Street beginning at 6:00.

Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre Agency Co-ordinator Charlene Eden says the event is meant to make a statement.

"The goal is to have a voice against violence and to state that, as a community, we don't accept violence. We want every single person in the community to be able to walk down the streets during the day or during the night and feel safe to do that."

Eden says victims of violence are especially heartened by seeing the community come out in solidarity.

"I like to think the entire community is impacted by violence. But at the same time, one of the reasons we do this is to let the survivors in our community and anyone who is potentially a victim of violence, either currently or in the past, know that we stand in solidarity with them."

"We know from having some people who have been in violent relationships or face sexual assault, that when they get to see the community walk down the streets stating that we do not accept this, when they get to walk with a bunch of women in particular who stand in solidarity with them, that they finally feel like they have a bit of a voice and that they can really heal from what's happened to them."

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