Community ‘steps out’ against gender violence

KSAN HOUSE Society and several others devoted to ending violence against women braved the cold to honour women affected by gender violence.

SEVERAL GROUPS came out to the Stepping Out Shoe Memorial in honour of women affected by gender violence Nov. 25

KSAN HOUSE Society and several other organizations devoted to ending violence against women braved the cold for an event to honour women affected by gender violence outside the police detachment Nov. 25.

Members of the community were invited to drop off a pair of shoes that would be given to women and girls in need.

It was also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the kickoff to Ksan’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Staff from the Victim Assistance Program, RCMP detachment inspector Dana Hart, highway patrol Sgt. Pam Scott, and councillors Lynne Christiansen and Brian Downie came out and several people said a few words.

“Things have changed but there’s still a lot to do,” said Christiansen, adding she thought back to her grandmother, who went through abuse.

Also she noted there’s a fine line between abusing animals and hurting people.

Hart said people were more aware of the problem of gender violence now so hopefully an end to the violence was in sight.

Birgitte Bartlett brought a bright orange pair of runners, with a note inside that said “In Memory of Tamara Chipman.”

Chipman went missing while hitchhiking from Prince Rupert to Terrace in September 2005.

The Salvation Army was on hand to give out hot chocolate to those who attended the event.

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