Symbolic walk and vigil to be held in Leicester to support the victims of sexual attacks

Posted by pt91 at Nov 24, 2015 10:28 AM |
University of Leicester Feminist Society to raise awareness of the dangers of sexual attacks on 25 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 November 2015

  • A symbolic walk will take place through the city on November 25 before a vigil to remember victims is held at Victoria Park
  • The event will also offer advice and links to support agencies for the victims of sexual abuse

The University of Leicester's Feminist Society has organised a vigil and symbolic procession across the city to raise awareness of the dangers of sexual attacks.

The Reclaim the Night walk is being held on Wednesday, November 25, at 6pm, and starts at Bede Park.

Its aim is to educate young women to prevent sexual attacks from taking place.

The route will take walkers through Leicester, via New Walk, and finish at Victoria Park, where members of the Society will give talks and information about where to get help and advice.

A vigil is also being held at the park for people who have been attacked and a number of organisations have pledged to support the event.

Maya Hewitt, President of the Feminist Society, said: “The Reclaim the Night walk is for a cause that is very close to home.

“Someone I know was attacked and raped on a night out and this was something she should have never had to go through so part of the reason I am organising this walk is so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent further attacks in any way possible.

“I feel that this purpose of this is not something political, it is something necessary in order to promote safety, especially at night.

“Another issue I want to make very clear is that it is never the victims fault, even if they are walking alone late at night, the attacker should not be there but unfortunately it does happen.”

Roisin Gallagher, Wellbeing Officer at University of Leicester Students’ Union, said: “Leicester Students’ Union wishes to express support for the Reclaim the Night event put on by Feminist Society.

“We take sexual harassment in all forms very seriously and operate with a zero tolerance policy. We are currently working to raise awareness of this issue, as well as to expand avenues for reporting and support alongside the University.”

In September, the University officially announced its partnership with the HeForShe campaign – a United Nations initiative which promotes, and actively works towards, gender equality.

Leicester is one of only 10 universities worldwide which was selected to take part in the scheme.

A spokesperson for the University of Leicester said: “The University takes the wellbeing of all staff and students very seriously and there is a wide range of services available to support our community.

“We welcome any initiative that aims to safeguard staff, students and visitors beyond the University and we continue to work closely with the Union and with the local agencies and authorities to improve security for people in Leicester.”

For more information about the Reclaim the Night walk, email: uol_femsoc@hotmail.com

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