A local anti-violence organisation is looking to once again raise public awareness about the plight of victims by scheduling a public observance walk and also a prevention workshop for later this month.
The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation has planned its third annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with its “Steps to End Silence Walk” for 10am on Saturday, 21 April at the Crescent in Camana Bay.
To help bring attention to this important topic, the foundation also has planned a literary contest and a child sexual abuse prevention workshop for adults. All of the events are organised to encourage the public to break the silence about sexual violence and abuse.
During the walk, participants will walk in silence from Camana Bay to West Bay Road and return back to the Crescent. Also scheduled are entertainment, spot prizes, free giveaways, and the announcement of the winners of the literary competition. The newly-designed Estella T-shirt will be launched and available for purchase.
Rayle Roberts, chairman of the foundation, said, “In order to overcome this social evil, we must once again bring it to the attention of the Cayman community. By coming together as one, we are publicly stating that we do not condone this behaviour and we will do whatever is in our power to prevent it”.
A free training workshop for adults and caregivers of children to inform them of seven steps to decrease the risks of child sexual abuse is scheduled for Saturday, 28 April. Time and venue have yet to be determined.
Since the early 1990s, the month of April has been internationally recognised as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is a time when organisations worldwide, such as the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, strive to raise public awareness about sexual violence, as well as inform the community on how to prevent it and inspire action to make positive changes.