Men speak out at Take Back The Night

The annual Take Back the Night march managed to not only garner the support of numerous women, but also many men this year.

The march took place Sept. 19, at Connaught Park along 11 Street and 14 Avenue S.W.

The purpose of the march is to raise awareness of violence against women and to give peope the opportunity to speak openly about those issues.

Speakers at the march included Blake Spence from the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, Autumn EagleSpeaker of the Idle No More movement and Shannon Leigh, who deals with violence towards women in her career field.

Spence spoke of how men and boys can help to end violence against women, while Leigh described her experiences working with women who have been subjected to violence.

“I agree with the speakers (about) getting to the root of the issue,” said River Main, a transgender woman.

“All voices need to be represented.”

According to Spence, a lot of the violence that women face can be reduced by teaching young men and boys to change the way they think about women.

Dwight Farahat, a man keenly supportive of womans’ rights, agreed with Spence.

“With men, we are not taught how to treat women,” said Farahat.

“Rap videos and porn don’t teach what’s real and desensitize intimacy. The media has taken it away,” Farahat said.

All voices need to be represented. – River Main

Spence’s involvement in the Calgary Sexual Health Centre includes co-ordinating a program called WiseGuyz, which teaches the younger generation about human rights, sexual health, gender, and positive relationships.

For further information about  the WiseGuyz program, look towards the Calgary Sexual Health Centre on 304, 301-14th Street N.W. They can be contacted by calling 403-283-5580, or through email at generalmail@calgarysexualhealth.ca.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Alex Bessant is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2014-2015 academic year.