Toolooa State High students light candles during Reclaim the Night in Goondoon St and Library Square.
Toolooa State High students light candles during Reclaim the Night in Goondoon St and Library Square. Chris Chan

Rally makes statement by reclaiming the night for women

MARCHING down Goondoon St on Friday night, the women of Gladstone had one goal - to Reclaim the Night.

Management committee member and the night's MC Lee McIvor said women had a right to be able to walk the streets at night and return home safely.

"We as women have to manage it, take control and make it clear we're not happy with the situation," Ms McIvor said.

She said about around 50 people had turned out for the night, including Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers and independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham.

Ms Cunningham she said the night had been moving and informative.

"The night was really great. We made an excellent statement," she said.

Ms McIvor said events such as Reclaim the Night were important.

"They raise the profile of social issues such as assault and in terms of Reclaim the Night, the issue important to us is basically safety. You need to be free to do what you need to do."

The procession, led by two women riding motorbikes, made a striking sight as the marchers made their way down Goondoon St along the footpath.

"There was quite a few people taking photographs. I think we made quite an impact," Ms McIvor said.

Ms McIvor thanked all those who participated in the event.

The statistics:

The 2011/12 Queensland Police Service annual report and the 2011/2012 annual statistical report 2011/2012 reveals that in reported sexual offences:

  • 85% of victims were female and those most frequently offended against were between 10-19 years of age.
  • 95% of offenders were males.
  • 74% of offenders were known to the victim.
  • 33% of offenders were family members.


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