Watch: Break the Silence march highlights sexualized violence
Dozens marched from the BC Legislature to Centennial Square in Victoria this morning to break the silence on sexual violence.
The group made its voices heard as it walked through downtown.
Put together by seven frontline agencies including the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre and the Women’s Transition House, there were also several local politicians taking part.
Makena Reilly from the Victoria Women’s Transition House says too often the issue often only makes it into the public when a tragedy has happened.
“We feel sexualized violence and gender-based violence is as important as bullying in the schools and drunk driving so we need to get public support and awareness going.”
Organizer Alexa Robin says they are protesting for change.
“We feel that we live in a culture that encourages people not to come forward if they’re survivors of assault or abuse and we want to change that, we feel we need a massive cultural shift in order to fix these
And we’re not going to do it without talking about it.”
The group gathered in Centennial Square where people delivered speeches raising awareness about the violence children, youth, women and trans survivors in Victoria experience.
They are hoping to make the march an annual event.