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More than 60 youth from Canterbury-Bankstown will perform at Bankstown Central shopping centre tomorrow (20 July), in the White Ribbon Break the Silence Youth Showcase.
The show, to take place at Centre Court at 6pm, will include various songs, dances, and other performances, all with the message of speaking up about ending violence against women.
The special event is being coordinated by BYDS’ (Bankstown Youth Development Service), Craig Taunton, in conjunction with the Bankstown White Ribbon Committee, of which Council is a member.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said it was fantastic to see local youth putting their voices and talents to such a worthy cause.
“It’s inspiring to see our youth understanding the seriousness of domestic violence and wanting to raise awareness of the issue in the community,” Mr Colley said.
According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, there were 1,369 reported incidents of assault - domestic violence related, reported in Canterbury-Bankstown from April 2016 to March 2017.
“No mother, daughter, sister, aunty, friend, or anyone for that matter should be subjected to physical violence or other forms of abuse. Initiatives, like the White Ribbon Showcase are helping put a stop to this crime,” Mr Colley said.
Some of the performances this Thursday include students from Bankstown Public School and Wattawa Heights Public School, who have participated in the R.E.S.P.E.C.T program facilitated by BYDS.
BYDS’ Director, Tim Carroll, said more than 700 students had undertaken the R.E.S.P.E.C.T program since 2013, which involves BYDS going into schools discussing the issue of domestic violence and how young men can avoid becoming perpetrators. The 12-week program results in the creation, production, recording and filming of an original song.
“The purpose is to teach young men about gender violence and why it happens,” Mr Carroll said.
“The first part of our lessons is discussing the issue with a male violence counsellor who teaches the boys about the effects of domestic violence on families.
“The second part is the fun part, where these young men develop music, lyrics, and dance moves using the new knowledge they’ve learnt.”
19/07/2017 4:07 PM