On Monday night Rana Nelson and the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter will be hosting a public forum to gather feedback that will be used to put together an integrated sexual response protocol for Revelstoke. The event is part of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week. (photo submitted)

Open house on sexual assault to be held at Community Centre

The event is part of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, which will be held April 15 - 21

Only about 3 per cent of sexual assaults are reported to police, says Rana Nelson, who’s been contracted by the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter to put together an integrated sexual assault response protocol for Revelstoke. On Monday night, April 16, as part of Prevention Against Women Week, Nelson will be hosting an open house at the Revelstoke Community Centre to gather input and feedback from the community.

“This is a chance for the community to come out and ask questions, make suggestions, provide input and feedback,” said Nelson.

Nelson has been developing the protocol in consultation with Interior Health, the Revelstoke RCMP, the Women’s Shelter, School District 19, councillors and others for about a year.

She said this is the first time an open house community event has been held to gather feedback and input to develop sexual assault response protocol.

More than anything else, Nelson says the most important thing is people’s healing.

“We want people out there to talk about it. We don’t want them to be ashamed. We’d like them to report to police. To go to the hospital. Most of all I want people to get care,” said Nelson. “The most important thing is that the people who’ve been affected have an opportunity to heal.”

The open house and community input night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the MacPherson room at the Revelstoke Community Centre on Monday, April 16.

For more information contact Nelson at rana.onwords@gmail.com

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