The community is urged to step up and speak out at the Take Back the Night event.
The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Fleming College and partner organizations are encouraging the community to take a stand against sexual violence.
That was Lisa Clarke, Interim Executive Director at the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre., who adds this event is for all genders.
This candlelight vigil and walk, which will take place at 7 pm on Thursday (Sept 20) in Victoria Park in Cobourg. Also at locations in Haliburton, Peterborough and Lindsay, welcoming survivors of sexual violence and harassment, their supporters and allies to join together in solidarity.
Clarke tells us it began as woman’s focused event.
Clarke tells us you can make a sign beforehand to walk with.
In the wake of local issues of sexual assault, online luring and sexual harassment, changes to campus policies on sexual violence and harassment, and recent high profile sexual assault trials, the Centre and College welcome participants to join together to build a more healing and inclusive community.
This free event includes a rally with speeches, musical performances, and spoken word poetry followed by the Light Your Way solidarity walk at 7:30 p.m.
Here are the locations:
* Cobourg – “The Gathering Place” Monument, east side of Victoria Park, Cobourg.
* Haliburton – Head Lake Band Shell (enter from York St. suggested).
* Peterborough Millennium Park (meet at Silver Bean Cafe), 130 King St.
* Lindsay Victoria Park (meet at King St., west side of park), 207 Kent St W.
BONUS! Get ready for Take Back the Night on the evening of Wednesday September 19 at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, beginning with refreshments and information booths in the lobby at 6:00 pm with a screening of the film A Better Man to play at 6:30 pm. This film is for a 14+ audience. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with community social service providers to create a dialogue around the issue of sexual violence. Childcare will be provided by Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre volunteers.
For more information, check out the Facebook events, the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre website (www.kawarthasexualassaultcentre.com) or call the Centre at 705-748- 5901.