Ending violence against women is no easy task.
It takes an entire community to make that kind of change.
Christine Lafantaisie wants to do her part.
On February, 18, 2011, Christine’s aunt Elizabeth Lafantaisie was killed in a random act of predatory violence.
Her killer was caught, tried and convicted.
That was 2,256 days ago.
Christine wants us to remember and she wants your help.
In a heartfelt emotional post on Facebook, Christine is doing her part to raise awareness and funding in support of the “Hands to Heart – Yoga for a Cause” event taking place on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
All proceeds go to the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Campaign to End Violence.
Her post highlights alarming statistics.
- More than 2,800 women and their children were admitted to Manitoba shelters in 2014
- Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16
- Manitoba has one of the highest rates of intimate partner violence in all of Canada
- On any given night in Canada, 3,491 women and their 2,724 children sleep in shelters because it isn’t safe at home
- On any given day in Canada, up to 300 women and children are turned away from shelters because they are full
- Canada spends approximately 7.4 billion dollars per year to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence
- Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
“The statistics speak for themselves and they are quite appalling and heartbreaking,” Christine writes.
“We, as a community and as brothers and sisters of this planet cannot turn a blind eye to this. I truly believe that together, we can make a real difference.”
Christine is right, but change doesn’t happen without intention.
The goal memorializes the date of Elizabeth’s death – 18-02-11.
The Police Insider supports Christine’s efforts.
Please offer yours.
See “Mini Series” on the home page of The Police Insider to read our four-part series on Elizabeth Lafantaisie’s Murder Investigation.