On International Women’s Day, I participated in a 5K walk/run in order to raise awareness about sexual violence and demonstrate the large number of people in our community committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence.

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Taking steps towards making a difference and raising awareness about violence against women.

According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, less than 10% of sexual assaults are reported to police. This number is not okay! I would say that I would be happy when 100% of sexual assaults are reported to the police, but I won’t be. I will be happy when sexual assault is no longer a problem that our society has to deal with.

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No one should suffer in silence if they are being abused. It doesn’t matter your gender or your age, if you or someone you know is being abused, you should speak up.

I walked so that one day, I won’t have to worry that my daughter will be abused, because 1 in 4 women in North America will be abused in their lifetime. I walked so that my friends know that if they have been abused, they can come to me and I will help them find support. I walked for all of the amazing and beautiful women I know that have been abused in their lives. I walked so that one day, we will no longer need to walk to end sexual assault.

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They didn’t need words to express how much they cared about each other. This pictures says it all.

I’m lucky to belong to a family of some of the strongest women I know. There are no shortage of strong female role models in my life. I hope to one day inspire strength in young girls in the way that the women in my life have inspired me!

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Four generations women who know that we can do anything that we put our minds to!

So here’s to strong women! May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

References:

http://www.sexassault.ca/statistics.htm

http://www.canadianwomen.org/facts-about-violence

 

Written by: Olivia

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