Sexual violence seminar a success

A Stonehaven seminar on sexism and sexual violence, hosted by a local councillor, was well attended by the local community.

Councillor Alison Evison hosted the seminar at the town’s community centre on the subject of “Everyday sexism to sexual violence: challenging the culture.”

The North Kincardine councillor said that there was an excellent turn-out for the event, underlining the importance of the topic.

The event had been co-ordinated by Sheila Newcombe, the sexual violence prevention worker at RAS (Rape Abuse Support) Aberdeen.

Two members of the local theatre group, Great Child Productions, performed a hard-hitting sketch to set the scene.

Presentations were given by Rape and Abuse Support Aberdeen, Grampian’s Women’s Aid, Police Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council.

Throughout the evening there was an emphasis on prevention and on community safety.

Powerful testimonies were given by a survivor of domestic abuse and by a student telling of the pressures facing young people at a university campus.

Councillor Evison added: “The large attendance at this event showed that this is an issue which needs to be addressed.

“It is clearly something which we will have to highlight as part of the Community Planning agenda.”

The councillor thanked all who attended.

She also praised those who managed to organise the event, adding: “I am very grateful to all the volunteer speakers who contributed to the evening and to ASDA for providing the refreshments.

“In particular, I would like to thank Sheila Newcombe at RAS (Rape Abuse Support) Aberdeen or pulling the event together.