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Dundee to host Reclaim the Night March 2017 – Thursday 30th Nov 6pm Marryat Hall for March off at 6.40pm
Press Statement issued 28th November 2017
#Metoo – Break the Silence – End Sexual Violence
This year’s Reclaim the Night March takes place against a backdrop of an avalanche of disclosures about sexual violence, abuse and harassment from Hollywood to Holyrood. Millions of survivors used the #Metoo on social media to show solidarity with other survivors and also to raise awareness of just how prevalent an issue sexual violence and harassment is. Further, on Trans Day of Remembrance this month we were reminded of the extremely high levels of violence faced by the trans community and the urgent need for local services to support and stand with trans survivors.
Our city is not immune, in fact last year Dundee seen a 17% rise in the number of reported sexual crimes. Specialist services like the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Dundee, and indeed other Rape Crisis centres across Scotland have also witnessed a sharp increase in the numbers of people coming forward looking for support.
This year’s march is being supported by all genders across and host of local organisations, including the Dundee City Council, Dundee Women’s Aid, Amina, students from both Dundee and Abertay Universities, and local trade unions.
Looking for a reason to come along to the march?
- You are opposed to all forms of violence against women
- You want to show your solidarity with survivors
- You want to help us to change attitudes about sexual violence and harassment
- You want to support local services which support survivors
Come and join us for this year's Reclaim the Night march, which will take place on Thursday 30thNovember 2017. We will start the march at the Marryat Hall at 6pm and from there m
arch around the city centre.
Reclaim the Night marches are held all over the world and serve to both raise awareness of and demand an end to sexual violence. This year we are lucky enough that we will be joined by a variety of speakers, musicians and performers who will both inspire and entertain us, before we set off to march through the city.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Leave No One Behind’ and so by marching together through the city we will spread the message that people of all genders, regardless of race, class, ability, immigration status or sexuality have the right to feel safe in public spaces and in our communities more generally. Reclaim the Night comprises a key part of Dundee’s participation in 16 Days of Action, a global campaign which seeks to create positive social change by eradicating gender based violence.
We’d really love to have your voice represented there. Might you have someone/a group involved in your organisation who might like to speak/perform at the event? Most of all, it would be great to have your support and to have you march with us to end sexual violence. Please do come along with placards and banners aplenty! Given that we aim to make this event as inclusive, accessible and as representative of our community as possible, we particularly welcome banners and placards written in languages other than English.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and driven worker to join our Women’s Support Service. The primary purpose of the role is to provide holistic support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation.
The ideal candidate will have significant experience in providing support to survivors using counselling support skills and has a sound knowledge of the impact of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation on survivors.
We offer a competitive salary, excellent terms and conditions and the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experience.
WRASAC has a new service offering confidential and professional, emotional and practical support to all young survivors - of all gender identities - aged from 11 to 18; who have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation or sexual bullying; and who live in Dundee or Angus.
The support provided is always the best fit for the young person. That means that we go at their pace, we meet where they feel comfortable and we can arrange a ‘no forms, no pressure’ initial session. We know it’s important for young people to know about our service and the people before they make a decision. We welcome questions, comments and feedback.
We have a helpline and can offer planned support by phone, text, email or Skype. Face to face support is provided at an appropriate venue, for example in school, college, health centre or at our centre in Dundee.
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