Remembering victims of domestic violence

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
One by one, the roses, red and white, were placed on the memorial stone in Parc Simon in Rockland during a noon-hour ceremony December 6 to honour the memory of victims of domestic violence.

"Today men and women are joining forces around the world to denounce violence against women,” said Sylvie Bisson, of the Prescott-Russell Coalition to End Violence Against Women.

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En mémoire des victimes de violence conjugale

Officials for the City of Clarence-Rockland, the OPP, Prescott-Russell Ambulance Service, the fire department, and concerned individuals gathered at Parc Simon to take part in the local service during the annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Fourteen red roses to represent the 14 women killed three decades ago at the École polytechnique de Montréal, and eight white roses, which represent eight women of Prescott-Russell who were victims of domestic violence over the past years. One of the women represented by a white rose, had three children who also died with her.

“In Canada a woman dies every six days, at the hands of her spouse, or her ex-spouse,” said Bisson. Fellow Coalition member Chantale Tremblay urged all residents of Prescott-Russell to “denounce all forms of violence against women”, whether the violence is physical, emotional, or psychological, whether it ranges from simple harassment to outright assault.