According to Statistics Canada, half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. While the statistic itself is shocking, the true scale of gender-based violence in Canada isn’t always reflected in the number of reported incidents. We all have a part to play in helping survivors.
As part of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week and in an effort to educate the public about the barriers survivors may face when trying to speak up, YWCA’s across western Canada have launched a campaign that urges viewers to stop and listen. The week, which runs from May 27 to June 2, is a national event bringing together victims and survivors of crime, survivors advocates and survivor-serving agencies to help raise awareness about survivors’ issues.
The emotional Facebook videos of survivors silently suffering show the power of listening. When users finally click to listen, they hear the survivors’ internal monologue, struggling to come to terms with what’s happened to them.
If you are a survivor and need help, know that you are not alone – here is a list of people you can talk to.