According to Canada’s Battered Women’s support services, more than a third of women worldwide will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Executive director of the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society, Lynne Loepkky, shared that statistic after leading a march of about 40 people from Begbie View Elementary to Grizzly Plaza on Wednesday, April 18.
The march was organized as part of prevention of violence against women week, which began this Monday and will conclude on Saturday, April 21.
“The violence is invisible but, as the statistics show, it is happening,” said Lopekky during her address at Grizzly Plaza.
“As a community we need to continually raise awareness. We need to help the women of our community stay safe. We need to listen to them when they tell us violence is happening.”
According to the Women’s Society the Revelstoke RCMP attends domestic violence calls about once every two weeks.
About 25 domestic violence calls were reported in Revelstoke in 2017.
Last year the society received 182 crisis calls.
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The march was held in solidarity with those experiencing physical or sexual abuse.
“We’re marching for women who have experienced abuse, or are currently experiencing abuse, and showing our support by saying: abuse is not okay,” said Emily Kemp, communications specialist at the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society.
The intention of the week is to express solidarity with those experiencing physical and sexual abuse, according to a media release from the society.
Refreshments at Grizzly Plaza were provided by the Aboriginal Friendship Society, (AFS) who said they were marching in solidarity with women who are experiencing abuse and hoped to bring awareness to missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada.
“We took part because we wanted to participate and to share the knowledge of missing and murdered indigenous women,” said Marlene Krug, president of AFS.
According to AFS the RCMP have received 1,213 reports of missing or murdered indigenous women across Canada since 1980.
Members of the AFS led protesters in the Women’s Warrior Song as they marched.
The Revelstoke RCMP escorted the march.