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Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Dawson Creek 'Takes Back the Night'

It was a symbolic stand against the fear and violence that make it dangerous for women to be in public places like parks and parking lots at night.

“Take Back the Night began in the mid-1970’s in response to serious acts of violence against women, and it has grown into an international movement to create unity, equality, and to speak out against violence and end the fear women experience when walking alone at night,” said Arden Smith, department manager of family safety, counselling and support services with the South Peace Community Resources Society, which organized the march. “Together our march helps to shatter the silence and stop the violence.”

The march began at the Senior Citizens Hall just after 6:30 p.m. In a symbolic gesture, the women and girls participating started off in one direction while the men and boys started off in another. The groups then came together at a point in Kin Park to complete the march, representing both the autonomy and unity required as women seek an end to violence and inequality.

The march continued down Eighth Street as participants chanted, “United together, stop violence forever,” and ended near the entrance to Kin Park. M&M Meat Shops generously provided hamburgers and other goodies for participants, while the Northern Lights Drummers and the Revolution Sonics, a band from Hythe, Alta., provided entertainment in the park.    

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