“Be More Than a Bystander” for PeaceQuest
Julie Cormier, PeaceQuest Co-ordinator for the Sisters of St. Ann, reports on the “Be More Than A Bystander” assembly that took place on February 22nd at St. Andrew’s High School in Victoria.
The “Be More Than a Bystander” program was started by the Ending Violence Association of BC and led by the BC Lions football team to deliver to schools across British Columbia. BC Lions players, Rolly Lumbala and Jeremiah Johnson, spoke to the entire school about violence against women. They focused on sexual and physical violence and described how to intervene in these situations without trying to be a “hero”. The players then provided an in-depth teach-in session to a group of 20 students, where participants talked about how to intervene in order to be more than a bystander in situations of violence against women.
The content was profound and relevant. Students and teachers appreciated this opportunity to hear from Lumbala and Johnson who serve as role models for both younger and older men.
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