Students raise sexual assault awareness

Statistics on number of young people sexually assaulted ‘made me want to do this’

Raider Aid teacher adviser Jessica Bradford, left, students Rya Kilfoyl, Jessica Aubin, Jaylynn Trembley and Molly Einarson present a $400 Raider Aid cheque to Mary White and Robin Lentier of Amelia Rising from the sale of teal bracelets to raise awareness of sexual assault, Tuesday, at Chippewa Secondary School.PJ Wilson/The Nugget pj wilson / jpg, NB

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When a group of Grade 8 students at Chippewa Secondary learned the statistics on how many young people are sexually assaulted, they knew they had to do something.

They made teal bracelets in April which they sold throughout May in a fundraiser to support the Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre.

Staff, faculty and students wore teal – the official colour of sexual assault awareness – on Tuesdays through May, and Tuesday Raider Aid presented a cheque for $400 from the sale of the bracelets to Amelia Rising.

“We wanted to do an initiative” to help out a local organization, Rya Kilfoyl, one of the organizers, said.

When she learned one in eight young people under the age of 18 suffers sexual assault, they knew what they wanted to focus on, Rya said.

“Those statistics made me want to do this,” Molly Einarson said.

“It’s scary,” Jaylynn Trembley added. Victims “have to be aware they can get help. They want to know what (help) is available.”

“The problem is that people don’t want to talk about it,” Rya said. “It’s not talked about enough.”

Mary White, a public educator and client advocate at Amelia Rising, said the students’ efforts were more than welcome.

“It feels good this came from the students,” White said. “It was definitely inspiring.

“When I was in Grade 8 I was in the yard making bracelets, but they have gone out to do something like this. It’s definitely inspiring.”

White made a presentation on sexual health as a result of the efforts of the students, saying it was important to share information with young people about issues like consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.

“Today (the victims of sexual assault) will feel they are supported.”

“Today they can get the help they need,” Molly agreed.

“It’s extremely important” to get the message out,” she said, pointing out that help for victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse is available in the school and in the community.

“If you need help, you can get it,” Molly said. “There are a lot of counsellors who can help you.”

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