Parade says no to violence

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2013

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People have the chance to speak up about violence toward women during Monday's White Ribbon Parade.

White Ribbon Day is an annual event on November 25 and West Auckland commemorates it with a parade.

Waves Trust manager Tiaria Fletcher says it's an opportunity for the Waitakere community to have a voice.

"The recent Roast Busters controversy makes this year's parade especially significant.

"Our community in the West is deeply saddened by the violation of some of our young women by a few of our young men," Ms Fletcher says.

Family and sexual violence agencies in the community are committed to developing strategies to combat these attitudes, she says, and are working with police to address barriers that have sometimes prevented victims from coming forward.

The parade begins at 1pm at Waitakere Hospital and finishes at Falls Park. The event includes performances and guest speakers including deputy mayor Penny Hulse and West Auckland secondary school and university students.

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