Take Back the Night march goes Friday


Come out and march and make some noise.

It is time once again to Take Back The Night in Prince George. Take Back The Night is an event to honour the memory of the women who have not survived violence, to celebrate those women who have survived and to demand an end to violence.

Meet at CNC-Main Doors on Campus on Friday September 15, just after 6 p.m.; at 6:30 p.m. the speakers begin and the march will follow.

As is tradition in Prince George, the march welcomes participation of women including self identified, trans, non binary, two spirited and children. Men are respectfully requested to provide their support at the event by assisting with the reception after the march. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided by the John Howard Society.

The march route will be starting at the main doors on 22nd Avenue, circling around several blocks in the neighbourhood and back to the main doors at CNC. The march will take approximately 30 minutes.

The Facts of Domestic and Sexual Violence in British Columbia

Over half of women in BC have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 16…that’s more than one million women in our province.

Every year in BC there are over 60,000 physical or sexual assaults against women – almost all of them are committed by men.

In B.C., there are over 1,000 physical or sexual assaults against women every week.

More than of British Columbians personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.

Only 12 per cent of sexual assaults against women are reported to the police.

One in three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

As of 2010, there were 582 known reports of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada with B.C. recording more than any other province. Research shows that victimization rates are much higher among Aboriginal than non- Aboriginal women. Twenty-four percent of Aboriginal women said that they had been victims of domestic violence in the five-year period ending in 2004. Geographic isolation, lack of access to services, lack of transportation, and poverty heighten risk for Aboriginal women.

There is still debate over the exact number of women who have gone missing along the Highway of Tears in northern B.C., but many people living in the north believe that the number exceeds 30 since 1969 and though we now have safer transportation options along that route, women continue to experience violence and a lack of safety along B.C. highways.

Sources: http://endingviolence.org/prevention-programs/be-more-than-a-bystander/be-more-than-a-bystander-statistics/ and http://highwayoftears.org