SUSSEX CHARITY MARCHES TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
Sussex charity RISE held a ‘rough music’ protest in Brighton on 9 December to break the silence and stigma surrounding domestic abuse.
The 30-minute march was based on an 18th century practice known as rough music or skimmington, where a community would surround a house in which violence was occurring and bang pots and pans to shame the abuser.
CEO of RISE Jo Gough said: “Silence is the friend of the abuser. It creates space for abuse to happen in our homes, in our neighbourhoods, on our streets. And to stop this abuse we’ve got to break that silence. So I really urge you: do not keep quiet.”
More than 100 protesters banged pots and pans, blew whistles and sang Quiet, the unofficial anthem of January’s Women’s March in Washington, USA.
Ms Gough asked the crowd to make a minute’s noise instead of a minute’s silence for those they had lost and those who couldn’t be there.
The march started at The Level and finished at North Laine Brewhouse for RISEFest, a fundraising event to conclude RISE’s 16 days of action leading up to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.
A craft ale was created for the event, with proceeds going to RISE, plus there was live music, face-painting, a cake sale and a raffle all in aid of the charity.
“My message to those of you who have lived with abuse and violence or is: we see you, we hear you, we believe you and you’re not alone. And we can’t keep quiet,” said Ms Gough.
Award-winning charity RISE provides practical solutions, shelter and support to those affected by domestic abuse in Sussex.