This round’s clash between Phillip Island and Warragul Industrials is ‘Orange Round,’ with the participating clubs taking a stand against men’s violence against women and children.
Orange Round is a joint-initiative between Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (GCASA), Gippsland Women’s Health, Gippsport and Change for Sam.
Change for Sam was developed in response to the tragic death of Samantha Fraser (Sam) last July. Her ex-husband has since been charged with her murder. The outpouring of community outrage, disbelief and frustration in response to Sam’s death is now being positively channeled towards the strategic development of strong community led actions to prevent and respond to family violence and violence against women and children in the Bass Coast community.
The Orange Round concept is an adaptation of a global initiative Orange Day, which was instigated by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and occurs on the 25th day of any month to raise awareness of and take action to end men’s violence against women and children.
While black arms band traditionally acknowledge loss, players will be wearing orange arm bands to show their support for ending violence and sexual assault. These bands symbolise respect, dignity and equality.
Violence against women and children occurs in Australia at an alarming rate and Gippsland is no exception. As a community we can work together to stop violence from occurring.
If you are in a violent situation, know someone who is experiencing violence, or know someone who is using violence, please call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Safe Steps on 1800 015 188. These statewide services can provide 24-hour assistance to counselling, referrals and access to crisis accommodation.
In an emergency call Police on 000.
Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (GCASA) – sexual assault counselling and support services www.gcasa.org.au
Men’s Line Australia –1300 789 978 (24/7) – National telephone and online support and information service www.mensline.org.au
To learn more on preventing family violence:
Make the Link– Twitter, Instagram and the web www.makethelink.org.au
Gippsland Women’s Health– Available to run information sessions and training with organisations, sporting clubs, community groups and can assist with events that are targeted at preventing violence www.gwhealth.asn.au/prevention
Our Watch– National primary prevention agency www.ourwatch.org.au
If you want to learn more on how to engage your club in the conversation around gender equality please contact Gippsport www.gippsport.com.au