PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – On a warm September evening, approximately 50 people joined the Gateway Status of Women Council in its annual Take Back the Night march, a community event to protest sexual violence.
The crowd walked from the Gateway Women’s Centre to the Port aux Basques Fire Hall Friday, Sept. 15, holding signs denouncing all forms of violence against women.
The march ended Sexual Violence Awareness week in Newfoundland and Labrador. This year’s theme was “Listen. Believe. Support.”
Of women over the age of 15 in our province, approximately one in two will experience at least one incident of sexual or physical violence throughout their lifetime.
Gateway Women Centre executive director Tanya Hawco spoke about the importance of providing support to survivors of sexual violence. This year, the Gateway Status of Women Council partnered with the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre to bring training to local service providers on responding to disclosures of sexual assault.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual violence and would like non-judgmental and confidential support, visit or call the Gateway Women’s Centre at 709.695.7505 or the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre anonymously and toll free at 1.800.726.2743.