A rally against sexualized violence is set to take place on Monday night in Victoria.
Organizers of the rally, which is set to place at 5 p.m. on the lawn out front of the B.C. legislature building, say they are continuing to demand change after the city’s restaurant, luxury real estate and tattoo sectors have been rocked by serious sexual assault allegations.
“We wanna see a supportive community, there shouldn’t be a back about whether or not a survivor’s story is true or not,” Alexandra Kierstead told CHEK News.
In recent weeks, multiple realtors and people connected to the city’s restaurant industry have been publicly accused of sexual assault and at least four realtors have been fired since allegations against them surfaced on social media.
The rally also comes a few weeks after current city councillor Stephen Andrew apologized and later removed a post from social media, claiming there is “no rape culture” in Victoria.
Kierstead said the group wants to see action on the proposed mandated sexualized prevention training that city councillors brought forward years ago and they also want to see councillors undergo training of their own.
“We want to see trauma-informed training for our officials, so they don’t make damaging comments that are harmful to so many,” she said.
Victoria Police Department said in a statement that they are aware of the planned rally and are warning that there could traffic disruptions.