Seven of Greater Victoria’s front-line anti-violence organizations will lead a march to end sexualized and gender-based violence on Saturday morning.
The march begins at the Legislature and will make its way along Government Street to Spirit Square at Victoria City Hall.
There speakers will raise awareness about the violence children, youth, women and Trans survivors in Victoria experience.
Canadian research has repeatedly found gender to be the most important factor in whether someone is at risk for sexual assault.
While women represent half of all victims of violent crimes in Canada, they account for 85% of sexual offences reported to police.
Figures are even more alarming for women and Trans individuals with additional barriers putting them at even more risk of discrimination and marginalization.
“Together, we can do something about disturbing statistics like these,” says Alexa Robin, coordinator of the seven-agency network and the Trans inclusion coordinator at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.
“It’s been heartening to see the rate of violence falling in Canada in recent years, but sexualized violence persists.”
Everyone is welcome at the march.