Kapuskasing is looking to take back the night.
Habitat Interlude, the emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, is hosting its fourth consecutive Take Back the Night event in Kapuskasing tomorrow.
Community Outreach Worker at Habitat Interlude Roxanne Lessard says the event is to bring awareness and support to ending sexual assault and violence against women, while bringing awareness to their presence in the community.
Lessard says the event will help women break through the fear that prevents them from feeling safe in the streets at night.
She also says the walk and rally at Riverside Park is for everyone, including all the men within the community.
“We are hoping that everyone in the community comes out to support our cause to end violence against women and sexual violence in our communities. Bring your families, men are extra welcome to come out and have fun with us, it is going to be a great event rain or shine it will be on.”
Lessard says it is not a women’s issue, this is a community issue, which is why everyone is part of the solution.
“It is not just a women’s issue, it is a community issue. So that’s why we host the marathon is for it not to only be for women, but to be for families and men and everybody in the community because everybody is part of the solution.”
Domestic Violence Committee Coordinator Anne-Marie Carriere says the awareness factor gained from events such as this help to not only show local residents the importance of creating change for these issues, but also allows them to see what kind of services are available from Habitat Interlude.
The marathon run takes place tomorrow at 7:30pm beginning at the Gazebo in Riverside Park.