An East Vancouver neighborhood is coming together in the early morning hours tomorrow after a woman was sexually assaulted last weekend in the Grandview-Woodland area.
The community is taking a stand for a gathering called “Reclaim the Night”.
Her name is Charlie and the event hits close to home; she is a sexual assault survivor.
She explains the reason for the 2 a.m. gathering.
“It’s a time of night when most people who are risk in this society feel the most unsafe walking in the streets.”
“There are too many stoires like this. There’s too many women – trans, queer, Native, people of colour… Who have been sexually assaulted in our experience of community here,”
It’s also a call for help.
“I’ve experienced going through the system trying to get help for trauma that in itself is a challenge, especially in a city like Vancouver where the trauma services are overwhelmed.”
“Trauma counselling through the mental health services… A person will get put on a waiting list for up to two years, just for group therapy.”
Charlie says waiting lists for public mental health services can be as long as two years.
If you want to show support, the light procession is taking place at the corner of Victoria Drive and Napier Street.