Show of strength to reclaim night
THE community of Gladstone will this month stand up in its fight to stop sexual violence against women.
On Friday, October 29, women, men, even children, will take a collective stance against this violence by participating in the Reclaim the Night Rally.
Hosted by the Women’s Health Centre, this year’s Reclaim the Night will take the form of a rally instead of the public march which has been staged through city streets over the past two years.
Reclaim the Night is about respecting and remembering all those who have been affected by acts of sexual violence, particularly for families and friends of those who have lost their lives as a result of such acts.
The Gladstone region has experienced its fair share of incidences of sexual abuse and violence against women, with statistics showing 184 women sought sexual assault counselling in the past 12 months.
Gladstone Women’s Health Centre health promotion worker Brenda Beauchamp said by taking part in this protest people unite with others as a celebration of their collective strength, demanding not only safety on the streets, but also, at home and in the workplace.
“We rally to reclaim our public space and take up the right to walk safely at night,” Ms Beauchamp said.
The Reclaim the Night Rally will start at the Gladstone Women’s Health Centre at 6pm.
It will include a commemorative hand print art project, guest speakers, a candle lighting ceremony and entertainment.