Women gear up for protest at New Westminster Police Department

Cayley Dobie, Royal City Record
Date: 
Friday, September 6, 2013
Cayley Dobie / Royal City Record
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Cayley Dobie / Royal City Record
September 6, 2013

They’re fed up and want an effective response to violence against women.

That’s the message coming from the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter as they get ready to hold a demonstration outside the New Westminster Police Department next Wednesday.

“On a regular basis we get calls from women in New Westminster reporting on rape, wife battering, violence from johns and pimps, and in general, we see police failing to respond to those reports,” said Hilla Kerner of the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

The demonstration comes only a few weeks after police issued a warning to women “engaged in a high-risk lifestyle” after two online escorts were found dead in an apartment building in New Westminster.

While the cause of death remains unknown at this time, Kerner said the way police handled the announcement was disappointing.

“It hit us in a very soft spot. We’re really fighting and demanding the state and police will protect women and the sexist attitude, it just further reveals how the police are refusing to take violence against women seriously.”

Kerner said the police are refusing to uphold prostitution laws established to protect women from johns and pimps, as well as failing to properly investigate cases involving violence against women.

“We’re just fed up and outraged about that,” she added.

The demonstration starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the New Westminster Police Department, 555 Columbia St., and organizers are asking any local women to join in.

After the protest, at about 11 a.m., volunteers will be putting up posters around the city advising women who’ve suffered, or are suffering from abuse, to call the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

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They’re fed up and want an effective response to violence against women.

That’s the message coming from the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter as they get ready to hold a demonstration outside the New Westminster Police Department next Wednesday.

“On a regular basis we get calls from women in New Westminster reporting on rape, wife battering, violence from johns and pimps, and in general, we see police failing to respond to those reports,” said Hilla Kerner of the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

The demonstration comes only a few weeks after police issued a warning to women “engaged in a high-risk lifestyle” after two online escorts were found dead in an apartment building in New Westminster.

While the cause of death remains unknown at this time, Kerner said the way police handled the announcement was disappointing.

“It hit us in a very soft spot. We’re really fighting and demanding the state and police will protect women and the sexist attitude, it just further reveals how the police are refusing to take violence against women seriously.”

Kerner said the police are refusing to uphold prostitution laws established to protect women from johns and pimps, as well as failing to properly investigate cases involving violence against women.

“We’re just fed up and outraged about that,” she added.

The demonstration starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the New Westminster Police Department, 555 Columbia St., and organizers are asking any local women to join in.

After the protest, at about 11 a.m., volunteers will be putting up posters around the city advising women who’ve suffered, or are suffering from abuse, to call the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

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- See more at: http://www.royalcityrecord.com/news/women-gear-up-for-protest-at-new-westminster-police-department-1.614986#sthash.aiuqO0qP.dpuf

They’re fed up and want an effective response to violence against women.

That’s the message coming from the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter as they get ready to hold a demonstration outside the New Westminster Police Department next Wednesday.

“On a regular basis we get calls from women in New Westminster reporting on rape, wife battering, violence from johns and pimps, and in general, we see police failing to respond to those reports,” said Hilla Kerner of the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

The demonstration comes only a few weeks after police issued a warning to women “engaged in a high-risk lifestyle” after two online escorts were found dead in an apartment building in New Westminster.

While the cause of death remains unknown at this time, Kerner said the way police handled the announcement was disappointing.

“It hit us in a very soft spot. We’re really fighting and demanding the state and police will protect women and the sexist attitude, it just further reveals how the police are refusing to take violence against women seriously.”

Kerner said the police are refusing to uphold prostitution laws established to protect women from johns and pimps, as well as failing to properly investigate cases involving violence against women.

“We’re just fed up and outraged about that,” she added.

The demonstration starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the New Westminster Police Department, 555 Columbia St., and organizers are asking any local women to join in.

After the protest, at about 11 a.m., volunteers will be putting up posters around the city advising women who’ve suffered, or are suffering from abuse, to call the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

© Copyright 2013

- See more at: http://www.royalcityrecord.com/news/women-gear-up-for-protest-at-new-westminster-police-department-1.614986#sthash.aiuqO0qP.dpuf