The Estella Scott-Roberts Walk to End Silence took place on Saturday, 20 April.
The month of April is internationally recognised as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is annual advocacy campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence, in particular sexual assault and rape.
This year, the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation is focused on highlighting child sexual abuse in particular.
The foundation is also organising monthly awareness activities that focus on speaking out about sexual violence and supporting those who are victims of sexual crimes. The foundation aims to highlight that all individuals have important contributions to make in creating a world free of sexual violence for adults and children.
Saturday’s event was sponsored by Camana Bay and the Caymanian Compass. Participants walked in silence for about 20 minutes from Camana Bay to West Bay Road and returned to the Crescent.
Entertainment included dances by the KRI Performing Arts School, an art station by the Family Resource Centre to design T-shirts, announcement of SAAM writing competition winners, spot prizes and free give aways. The newly designed foundation hats, as well as Estella T-shirts, were also available for purchase.
“By walking in silence for the entire event, the participants are reminded of how silence hurts both the victims of these crimes and the community when we fail to speak out against sexual assault and child sexual abuse issues in the Cayman Islands. Materials will also be available that educate on the topics of sexual assault and child sexual abuse and share how individuals and communities can take action,” said organisers of the walk.