Silent witnesses march against violence

About 100 men and women marched in George Town on Monday’s lunch hour in the annual Silent Witness March to draw awareness to violence against women.

They carried red silhouettes as symbols of those who have been killed, with many undoubtedly carrying the memory of Estella Scott-Roberts, who was murdered in 2008.

On Sunday night, the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation hosted the launch of this year’s campaign against domestic violence at the Harquail Theatre to a full house.

The event featured several guest speakers, as well as performances on issues related to violence and abuse.

Foundation founder Rayle Roberts, Estella’s husband, said, “I thought the evening was excellent. The performances and everything came together to get the message across, and though there is always room for more participation, I am always touched by the support we receive. The launch of each year is done on the anniversary of my wife’s passing and marks the start of a new campaign each time. This year’s theme is Silence Hurts.”

The campaign marks the start of various initiatives throughout the year. With the help of sponsorships from Cayman Free Press and Tower Marketing, the campaign will use TV and radio appearances to raise awareness about domestic violence and feature outreach initiatives to bring the message to the community.