Clothesline Project takes a stand against violence and breaks through the silence

Castlegar and District Community Services Society would like to invite you in the dialogue about these important issues.

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The Clothesline Project happening this month recognizes Violence Against Women week and Victims of Crime Awareness week.

Castlegar and District Community Services Society would like to invite you in the dialogue about these important issues which could impact anyone.

According to Statistics Canada, one of every four women experiences violence at some point in their lives.

Over half of women in BC have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 16 — that’s more than one million women in our province. The five forms of domestic violence are physical, sexual, psychological, social-emotional, and financial abuse.

Boys who witnessed their parents’ domestic violence are twice as likely as adults to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

In order to help prevent violence and break the cycle of abuse, we could start with gaining more understanding, appreciation and respect for one another.

For the clothesline display, children, youth and adults from various organizations and schools have painted t-shirts to break the silence and bear witness to the issue of violence.

You’re welcome at the City Square on Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will find powerful t-shirt displays, information tables and resources, speakers, music and food.

For more information about the Clothesline Project or about services and resources for anyone who has been affected by violence please call Castlegar and District Community Services Society at 250-365-2104 or visit cdcss.ca.