Penticton and South Okanagan
Rally against violence
Sep 23, 2013 / 4:16 pm
Residents are invited to attend a walk focused on drawing attention to violence in the community, Wednesday night, in Penticton.
The Take Back the Night rally, organized by the South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society, SOVAS, and community partners, will start outside the Penticton Library and end at Gyro Park.
"We encourage all members of the community to join us," said Elena Tilton, SOVAS agency coordinator. "When a community unites to reclaim our streets at night it sends a signal that violence, wherever it hides, is not acceptable."
Take Back the Night was initially focused on raising awareness of the violence and fear women face walking late at night. But according to organizers, it has evolved into an international movement that speaks out against all violence, recognizing that both men and women experience violence and abuse.
The walk held in the city in previous years, typically has a good turnout. It did not take place in 2012, because there was no one available to organize it.
In 2011, the rally held special meaning, following a summer where there were attacks on women in the community, including the assault of a young woman at Dave's Second Hand Store on Ellis Street by David Bobbitt, who is now behind bars.
Event organizers will provide materials to create inspirational signs to carry during the group walk down Main Street.
"No one in our society should be afraid to walk alone in their community, day or night," said Tilton. "Too many women, and some men, live in fear of the violence hidden behind the doors of their own home."
People can begin gathering at the library at 785 Main Street at 6:30 p.m. The walk begins at 7 p.m.
SOVAS supports approximately 1,200 people a year through counselling, court support and information to men, women and children who have experienced abuse.
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