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The TRU Wolfpack volleyball teams are trying to empower sexual assault victims

Abby Spratt sets, Nov. 11, 2016.
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January 26, 2018 - 4:31 PM

KAMLOOPS - "I Believe You."

The Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack Volleyball teams are standing up for sexual assault victims with that simple message of support.

The teams created a powerful student-led public service announcement in partnership with the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Center. On Jan. 25 they posted a video to the TRU Wolfpack youtube page highlighting problems sexual assault victims face.

“We hope that the video will help spread the importance of believing survivors across the country. It is such a simple, yet powerful way to empower survivors,” Kaitlin Lomas, TRU volleyball player, says.

The team felt a video was the best way to convey their message.

“We decided on the video because it is an excellent medium for transporting our message across the country and making an even greater impact,” Lomas says. “We are incredibly blessed to have the resources that we do, and we recognized our responsibility to use that privilege to ensure space is created for all voices to be heard.”

Lomas hopes people will be affected by their video and help the cause. She wants everyone to take part in the dialogue around sexual assault and empower victims.

“Sexual violence is not just a women’s issue and men have a powerful voice that they can use to promote change,” Lomas says.

In the video, they say that two per cent of the population in Canada reported sexualized violence in 2014.

They also say that 50 per cent of the time, the attacker in a sexual assault is a friend or acquaintance.

Watch the video below, or visit the TRU Wolfpack youtube page.


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