A local retired Canadian Equestrian Team athlete says as a survivor of sexual assault she’s promoting healing and hope and fundraising for local programs.
Paige Lockton-Wilde says she’s benefited from programs at Amelia Rising, one of two local groups she’s challenging businesses and individuals to support.
She’s also fundraising for OUTLoud North Bay.
On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, Lockton-Wilde will be taking part in Amelia Rising’s vigil and march at Nipissing University, and singing at the Raven and Republic at 8 pm.
“Statistically, I think, it goes so under-reported that if you make it through your life without some form of sexual assault you’re just one of the lucky ones really, a statistical anomaly,” she says.
Along with encouraging people to reach out to get help, she’s raising awareness.
“Why are we raising people who feel like they have to have power over others,” she says. “We need to raise a generation that knows what healthy consent looks like.”
Lockton-Wilde, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Nipissing University, says this is the beginning of something she’d like to see turn into a yearly gala/fundraiser on International Women’s Day.
“I would like to see a gala that celebrated the infinite ways the divine feminine can express herself and look, through our rock stars and divas and power songs,” she says. “To keep it really focused on hope and the amazing resilience of the human spirit.”
The City of North Bay has lowered the flags at city hall in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Dec. 6 marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.