Residents rally together against sexual violence
FOR THE third year in a row South Burnett community members took to the streets to take a stand against sexual violence and assault.
On Thursday, October 24 the South Burnett Sexual Assault Action Group hosted the Reclaim the Night walk at Kingaroy to shine some light on the issue in the area.
Regional Co-ordinator of Centracare Family and Relationship Services Erin Jeffs was one of the organisers behind the march.
She said the powerful event gave the community a space to make some noise about an issue that affects at least one in five Australian women.
“We know why we do it but the feedback we get from people is that they are just so happy to see a movement happening here,” Mrs Jeffs said.
“At times we do have a reputation for being closed minded when it comes to things like sexual assault in the region.
“The Reclaim the Night walk gives us the opportunity to show the community that we condone sexual violence and assault,” she said.
After not having an event for 18 years, Ms Jeffs said they brought it back three years ago with the help of Centracare and other organisations in the region such as the Department of Human Services, Edudation Queesland, Uniting Care and Lives Lived Well.
Mrs Jeffs said it was always a very moving event because of the people who come out to support it.
“We had a conversation last night that at work we are dealing with clients individually all day and of course you have to be professional.
“But there’s something about bringing people together to support a cause like this.
“It’s an emotional time for everyone and almost a form of release in a way.
“We are bringing it to the forefront and showing people that we care,” she said.