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Documentary, discussion on sexual assault Nov. 28

TRURO – Sexual assault is often a subject many don’t care to raise. But it’s one the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre believes needs to be brought to the forefront.

Sexual assault awareness.

The centre is hosting a screening of “Audrie and Daisy,” a documentary showing the effects of sexual assaults on two young girls.

“It shows the impact the sexual assaults had on them, their families and their communities,” said Suzette Cameron, events co-ordinator with the centre. “It tore the communities apart.

“It’s a difficult documentary to watch, but it’s something that needs to be talked about.”

The screening will be at the centre on the Esplanade beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28. There will be a discussion following the screening.

“It’s important to talk about issues that are confronting youth today,” said Cameron. “People often say something like this won’t happen in their backyards, but it could just as easily happen in our backyards as it did theirs. They probably didn’t think it would happen in theirs either.”

Cameron doesn’t expect anything will be resolved through the screening and discussion, but hopes to get the conversation started on problems facing the community.

Refreshments will be served.

The centre is also getting ready for its purple ribbon campaign, to draw awareness to gender-based violence. The campaign will run Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, and representatives from the centre will be at the Truro Farmers’ Market on Nov. 26 with ribbons.

“We want people to wear the ribbon and know why they’re wearing the ribbon,” said Cameron.

The ribbons, she hopes, will also be available soon at various locations downtown.

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