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Women's centre kicks off Sexualized Assault Prevention Month

(Onlne Photo/Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre)

The Whitehorse public is invited to a BBQ in Lepage park to engage with advocates and allies on the issue of sexualized violence.

An annual campaign against sexualized violence kicks off in Whitehorse today. 

The Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre is hosting a kickoff barbecue to mark Sexualized Assault Prevention Month and Program Coordinator Jess Stone says the event is also aimed at engaging people in tough conversations about the issue. 

"It's very important to stay open and not ostracize folks and make them feel humiliated and shy away from the conversations in the future. As long as you're empathetic, compassionate, educational, then you can start conversations with anyone and just, you know, what harmful and oppressive behaviour looks like, what is sexualized violence, the easy simple ways as a community that we can step up and stop these things from happening."

Stone says the community has a large role to play. 

"Asking people to step in as bystanders when they see that behaviour and that language being used. Doing your best to reach out to the victim or let people know that you're listening and you don't think it's OK. Just simple things where you're, kind of, stepping in in the moment and not just letting it happen and being complicit."

A kickoff barbecue to start the month goes today at 4:30 in Lepage Park. 

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