KAWARTHA LAKES-Haunting photo’s of women, murdered by men who were their partners or friends lined the entrance to the hall at Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay today. The photos were set up on chairs with clothing arranged to bring the victims to life.
Women’s Resources for the City of Kawartha Lakes is one of thousands of organizations across the country marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, in honour of 14 women who lost their life in a massacre at E’cole Polytechnique in Montreal on this day in 1989. A lone male gunman entered the school and senselessly and brutally murdered 14 women… just because they were women.
A vigil was held to honor and remember those 14 women and to also take time to honor and remember all the women who lost their lives in this past year in Ontario due to femicide.
The photos of local women who are victims were also displayed. 76 year old Helen Ryan was killed by her husband in the emergency department at the Cobourg Hospital after a history of domestic violence.
62 year old Jennifer Platt, a Lindsay resident, was killed by a male acquaintance after she loaned him money and then asked for it to be repaid.
According to Statistics Canada, intimate partner violence, including both spousal and dating violence, accounts for one in every four violent crimes reported to police. In 2011, there were approximately 97,500 victims of intimate partner violence, representing a rate of 341 victims per 100,000 population. The vast majority of these victims (80%) were women.
Todays event also featured speakers discussing the correlation between childhood trauma and neglect and mental health and wellness.