RAISING AWARENESS: The South Burnett Sexual Violence Action Group meets to talk about what we can all do to reclaim the night.
RAISING AWARENESS: The South Burnett Sexual Violence Action Group meets to talk about what we can all do to reclaim the night. Katherine Morris

Time to reclaim the night in the Burnett

AFTER 18 years away, the South Burnett will reclaim the night again.

As a young social worker, Sharon Collins was one of the organisers of Reclaim the Night in the late 1990s in Kingaroy and is part of the organising group again this year.

"It's exciting to be bringing Reclaim the Night back to the South Burnett. Sexual assault is an issue that has profound impacts on people in our community and we need to work together as a community to address it,” Ms Collins said.

Reclaim the Night is a long-standing grass-roots protest movement that breaks the silence around sexual violence and demands an end to systems that re-traumatise survivors by reclaiming and transforming the streets into a safe place for all women - day and night.

A new group has formed in the South Burnett to shine a light on sexual violence as a prevalent issue in the community as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

The South Burnett Sexual Assault Action Group plans to promote the support options available to people affected by sexual assault and sexual abuse.

The action group has been formed by a number of community members from organisations such as Centacare's Sexual Assault Service, Department of Human Services, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health and CTC in the hope of undertaking social action in relation to sexual violence in our community.

Centacare's Sexual Assault Service will offer community education sessions for service providers and community members in an effort to better equip the community in responding to people who have been affected by sexual violence in the South Burnett.

They want to set out thatsexual violence will notbe tolerated in the SouthBurnett.

Reclaim the Night also calls for perpetrators of sexual violence to be held accountable.

Marching through the streets is an act of resistance that empowers survivors of sexual violence.

The group will march on Thursday, October 26, from 5-7pm.

The event will incorporate an information stall, artwork display, video presentations and a guest speaker followed by a march around the footpaths of Kingaroy CBD.

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