Every year, Canadians mark December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It marks the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre where in the name of ‘fighting feminism’ a 25-year-old man gunned down 14 women and injured 10 others. Each year, the End Silence Against Vilence (ESAV) group in Cobourg held a service at The Gathering Place in Victoria Park yesterday (Dec 6). ESAV committee member Rona Scofield spoke at the vigil, saying everyone should be respected.
Scofield says we can’t lose sight of the long term goal.
She added this quote.
There’s alarming statistics that prove that violence and abuse is an issue many women still face today.
And 362,000 children are abused or affected by violence or abuse every year. ESAV committee member Hope Kirksie asked everyone to join her in the reading of a Poem called “We Are Here”.
There was also music at the vigil from Shasta Moorie, speaking to love being our unity.
The massacre attack was nearly 30 years ago, but gender based violence is just as prevalent in today’s world, becoming a wider issue than violence against women, although 83 per cent of victims of domestic homicide are women.