ETFO supports ‘Take Back The Night’

September is recognized for “Take Back The Night” activities across Canada. Events are taking place across Canada to highlight the issue of violence against women.
Violence against women can take many forms. It is most commonly divided into the following categories: physical violence which is the most obvious, stalking which is a constant threat to an individual’s personal security, psychological violence which undermines an individual’s self-confidence, sexual violence which encompasses any form of non-consensual sexual activity, financial/economic abuse which encompasses control over an individual’s finances and spiritual abuse which works to destroy an individual’s cultural or religious beliefs.
Safety issues for women and children are still a significant concern in society today:
•Half of Canadian women have been victims of at least one act of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
•Over the past 20 years, approximately 500 Aboriginal women have gone missing in communities across Canada.
•In 1995, the annual financial costs to Canadian society resulting from violence against women was $4.2 billion.
•Women under 25 are at greatest risk of being killed by their male partners.
•Any kind of violence is wrong be it against men, women, or children. The idea is not to paint men as villains, but to try and
understand the root causes of violence and how to prevent it.
Violence, in any form, against women carries heavy consequences for those who are victims and for society in general.
Not only are there consequences for the victims, but those who witness the violence (children) are at a high risk of becoming victims and/or abusers in later life.
The district’s public elementary teachers are long-time supporters of the Atikokan Crisis Centre and will be continuing their support throughout the month of September.
A new satellite office for the Atikokan Crisis Center is open on Fridays at the United Native Friendship Center in Fort Frances.
Please contact the Atikokan Crisis Center at 1-800-465-3348 to find out how you can help.

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