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Uniting Exeter in the fight against sexual violence on our street

Women from Devon are planning the city’s largest gathering against sexual violence on the streets this autumn. The Reclaim the Night events are designed to promote public awareness about the levels of violence and harassment experienced by women and girls on our streets.

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Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE), Local Feminist groups and Exeter University have joined forces again to make this year another large, visible protest about sexual violence.

The march is happening during the 16 days of action, which are between the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women and girls — 25th November and the 10th December which is Human Rights Day. This reminds us all that violence and harassment is still an ongoing concern for women in Exeter and Devon as well as across the globe and that it is a human right for us to be able to feel safe out on the streets where we live.

The Reclaim the Night event is on Thursday 30th November 2017. Starting with a gathering at St Sidwell Community Centre from 4pm – 6pm where people from Exeter and the surrounding areas will join together in solidarity against harassment, intimidation and violence on our city streets. There will be placard and banner making workshops, food and refreshments as well as general inspiration to generate an atmosphere of collaboration and community. The march itself starts at 6.30pm from St Sidwell’s ending around 7.30pm in Bedford Square.

All Welcome - We know that many people have never been on a march before and may feel slightly unsure about joining in but we would encourage anyone who cares about women and children to come along.

The atmosphere will be light, you will be amongst people who feel the same as you and the march is about visibility rather than confrontation. Marshalls and local police ensure this event is safe for everyone, including children.

 

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