Almost 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
During Sexual Violence Awareness Month our sexual assault counselling service in Kingaroy held its annual Reclaim the Night march, inviting the South Burnett community to come together and send a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated.
The march followed a rally at Town Hall which included live music and a sausage sizzle. A panel of community members including a forensic health nurse, a police detective and a child sexual assault counsellor shared important information about sexual violence, where to get support, how to respond to someone who says they have been sexually assaulted and the process of gathering evidence which occurs after an assault is reported to police.
This event is an important reminder that we all have a role to play in helping reduce the incidence of sexual violence and we thank our supports and collaborators for partnering with us and making it possible.
If you have experienced sexual violence, it is important to remember that it is not your fault.
Centacare offers a safe and supportive space for those impacted by sexual violence at the Kingaroy service. We can help you develop strategies to manage the impact of violence on your life.
1800RESPECT offers a confidential information, counselling and support service for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.