Tonight, Time to ‘Take Back the Night’
Prince George, B.C. – The annual march to demand an end to violence against women is set for this evening in Prince George.
Tonight, will mark the 25th year for the Take Back the Night event which honours the memory of the women who have not survived violence, to celebrate those women who have survived and to demand an end to violence.
While this evening’s event marks a milestone, it’s difficult to consider it a celebration says Elsie Wiebe of the S.O.S. Society “There are reports that there is less violent crime, however, when you pull it apart and look at the gender violence, violence against women is not less. In fact, there is evidence that suggests that violence against women is on the rise. One of the things we can celebrate is that due to social media and other avenues to speak out, more people are speaking out and there is more accountability.”
Statistics show that in B.C., more than half the women in the province have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. Every year in BC there are more than 60 thousand physical or sexual assaults against women, but only 12% of sexual assaults against women are reported to police.
This evening’s event will see women gathering at CNC in Prince George , with speakers set to talk at 6:30. The march will follow.
Men are invited to attend, but not to take part in the march itself says Wiebe “This is absolutely a march for women because women are the ones walking in parking lots with keys between their fingers at night and looking over their shoulder for safety, even during the day. because we are the ones who embody something about this experience of violence because it happens to women so much more than it does to men. So it really is important and powerful for this to be for women and children because they are the more vulnerable ones.”
Men are welcome to listen to the speakers, and to help with the reception following the march.