For 25 years now, Ontario has recognized November as Woman Abuse Prevention Month, an occasion to shed light on violence against women in our communities, and highlight efforts underway to end it. Unfortunately, even after a quarter-century the crisis continues, with partner abuse and sexual violence afflicting girls and women, as well as boys and men, throughout Kingston and Frontenac.
The need for local organizations to be involved with these issues remains high. In September, the Greater Kingston Area Safe and Sober Committee, with support from the Kingston Frontenac Anti-Violence Coordinating Committee (KFACC), launched “Don’t Be That Guy”, a campaign targeting potential sexual assault perpetrators (www.sexualassaultvoices.com). And over the fall and winter, Kingston Community Counselling Centres (K3C), Kingston Interval House (KIH), girls inc., and the Canadian Women’s Foundation are jointly offering “Girls Taking Action Against Violence”, a prevention program for teens (www.k3c.org).
These are just recent instances of anti-violence work being done in our community by KFACC, KIH, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, the KGH Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program, K3C and others. Much is being done locally, provincially, federally and beyond to help victims and survivors, and prevent more violence from happening. But, more is needed.
Violence hurts all of us, and all of us need to be a part of the solution. KFACC encourages everyone to recognize Woman Abuse Prevention Month, and get involved in the struggle to stop these crimes. To learn more about how to contribute financially and volunteer, please visit www.kfacc.org/help.
We hope, and work, for the day when initiatives such as Woman Abuse Prevention Month are no longer necessary, and every person can live safely, free from the threat of domestic and sexual violence. However, this can only happen through recognising violence against women as a problem belonging to us all, and working together end it.
Lisa Fox and Kim Allen