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Marchers send message: stop violence against women

More than 100 women, men and children came out to support the annual Take Back the Night event at Riverwalk Commons

“1, 2, 3, 4, we won’t take it anymore! 5, 6, 7, 8, stop the violence, stop the hate!”

Marching to the rhythm of their shouted chants, many waving signs aloft and wearing black T-shirts declaring My Body, My Business, more than 100 people took to the streets of downtown Newmarket for the Take Back the Night march last night.  

“It’s a very good cause, it’s important to stand up against violence against women and everybody’s civil rights,” said Jenna Wilson, 18, who attended with her family.

Some men, as well as children, came out for the rally attended mostly by women of all ages.

The annual event, now in its 20th year in York Region, joins others taking place around the world in rallying to empower women and raise awareness about sexual violence against women.

The event, organized by the Women’s Support Network of York Region, included a rally, entertainment, sponsor booths and a candlelight vigil at Riverwalk Commons.

Women’s Support Network is York Region’s only sexual violence crisis centre, providing free, non-judgmental, confidential services for anyone who has experienced sexual violence.

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