Vigil to spotlight violence against women

A candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Montreal massacre, and all incidents of violence against women, will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse here.
The annual event is held on Dec. 6, the anniversary of the shooting deaths of 14 young women at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.
The day—officially called the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women—is marked across the country with vigils and other events.
Locally, the vigil also will honour
the “Sisters in Spirit” campaign, launched in March, 2004 in response to the high levels of violence against aboriginal women in Canada.
Aboriginal women with status are five times more likely to die as a result of violence than any other group of Canadian women.
There currently are more than 500 missing aboriginal women in Canada.
Across Canada, 51 percent of women have been victims of at least one act of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
In 2000, 77 percent of all female victims were victimized by someone they knew.
Of those, 37 were victimized by a close friend or acquaintance, 29 percent by a current or past partner, and 11 percent by other family members, including parents.
About 19 percent were victimized by a stranger.
Of all victims of crimes against the person in 2000, females made up 86 percent of victims of sexual assaults, 78 percent of criminals harassment, and 67 percent of hostage-taking or abduction.