Silent Witness makes history


TRENTON – The first ever Pictou County Remember Me Walk was held Sunday at Trenton Park.

Since 1990 51 women in Nova Scotia lost their lives to domestic violence. Donna MacGregor, of the Pictou County Chapter of Silent Witness Nova Scotia, said  as that figure is limited to confirmed murder-suicides and murders that ended in conviction, the actual total could be higher.

Four of those 51 women, MacGregor said, were from Pictou County.

With an aim towards making the event – which is in part to raise awareness for domestic violence and in part to honour and remember the women lost to domestic violence – an annual one, MacGregor said the goal was simply that, to raise awareness.

“This is our first year,” MacGregor said, “and everything was kind of short notice. We do have the online registration set up but this year the main goal was just awareness so that people are aware that we’re here in the county and to put the spotlight on gender-based domestic violence.”

Small, red feminine silhouettes were placed along the walk’s route, one for each of the 51 women lost to domestic violence.

“When people are going around, walking around the park,” MacGregor said, “(we’d like them to) take note that every time they pass one of those silhouettes that that’s a woman who’s been murdered. It’s very real. And for us on the board it’s very personal because each one of those represents a woman, we take that very seriously and she’s treated with care.”

The Remember Me Walks – including Halifax and Cape Breton – were intended to take place Saturday but were delayed to Sunday on account of weather.

Approximately 10 people took part in the early portion of the run, however, with how the event operates, more were expected to take part throughout the afternoon.

MacGregor said she is hopeful that the event will not only become an annual one but that it will become the Pictou County chapter’s main fundraiser of the year.

Pictou County’s first ever Remember Me Walk took place Sunday afternoon in Trenton Park. A  total of 51 red feminine silhouettes were placed along the route to memorialize the 51 women confirmed to have lost their lives to domestic violence in the province since 1990.  (Cameron photo)

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