Notre Dame students in Red Deer standing up to domestic violence

Event at high school raising awareness about the issue

Notre Dame students in Red Deer standing up to domestic violence

A student at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer is spearheading an event to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Jillian Fraser has organized Stand Up to Domestic Violence, which will take place at the school on Dec. 16. The name of the event is to be taken literally, as participating students will stand up in their classrooms throughout the day.

“It’s basically an act of protest against domestic violence,” she said, adding other high schools may join in.

Fraser said she hadn’t really thought much about the issue until someone was talking about it last year and she realized that she didn’t know much about it.

Standing students will answer questions about domestic violence from other students, who can also join in and stand up for the day, said Fraser, a 16-year-old Grade 11 student.

Students will be getting information about domestic violence from the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter and discussing it before they start the day.

After school, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., there will be speakers from the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter and RCMP talking about preventative strategies and the circle of abuse.