March Against Violence (MAV) 2017
The March Against Violence (MAV) is a yearly event hosted by Chrysalis Support Services. The aim of the MAV is to raise community awareness of the harmful effects of domestic and family violence and sexual assault and to promote healthy relationships in our community by inviting inspiring and educational speakers and marching through the streets of Geraldton. The street march is a visual demonstration of the strong partnerships within the greater city of Geraldton who are working towards a violence free community where healthy relationships prosper.
Each year we campaign and ask various groups to rise against violence. The 2016 theme of the MAV event was Youth Rising. The aim was to encourage the local youth to become active bystanders; to stand up and speak out against unhealthy behaviours. To be the change they want to see through becoming positive role models and future leaders. All youth have a part to play in the future as the next generation, and we as a community can support and encourage them to make those positive “stands and steps” now.
2016 – Let’s Stop It At The Start
Challenging and Inspiring. These were the words from attendees to describe the 2016 Youth Rising March Against Violence. Police officer Renai Gildersleeve encouraged students to stop violence before it starts by not getting involved with unsafe practices like cyber bullying and sexting, both of which are a crime. The speeches of local students spoke strongly on the topic of domestic violence from a youth perspective. Sharing a moving story, one student challenged the community on the devastating impacts on children and how more than ever we must rise to stop domestic violence and support those who need help. Nagle student Lachlan Power delivered a spearhead message directed at the youth as the next generation in our community to become strong leaders in the prevention of domestic violence.
“As teenagers, we need to be educated about what a healthy relationship looks like, and speaking up when we see early signs of disrespect in a relationship. This also allows teenagers to help others begin to question the acceptance of violence and disrespect in our community. We are the next generation in our community and I would encourage you to value everyone, and to care for each other’s feelings; to be understanding when another young person seems lost, angry or overwhelmed, and to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Above all, I would encourage everyone to treat each another with kindness and respect.”
Year 10 Nagle Catholic College student councillors and SHINE students led the march well through the city streets. Students from SHINE proudly carried the MAV banner while Nagle students march with the anti-bullying banner created by Nagle Year 7’s.
We say a huge thank you to the youth for their bravery and honesty for sharing and attending the 2016 MAV. You should be very proud. Thank you also to the community for supporting them and for standing strong on this tough subject of domestic violence.
A very special mention to our MAV sponsors, and a noteworthy thanks to Peter from Champion Bay Surf Life Saving Club for supporting our cause on the day. Batavia Coast Butchery, Champion Bay Surf Life Saving Club, S & K Electrical, Bakers Delight, Queens Supa IGA, Luscombe’s, Soroptimist International, Apex, Midwest Traffic Controllers, Central Regional Tafe WA and Cleanpak solutions.