Actress adds star power to Reclaim the Night

Bridie Carter, aka Tess  McLeod from from the television show McLeod’s Daughters, is set to teach for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Byron Bay.
Bridie Carter, aka Tess McLeod from from the television show McLeod’s Daughters, is set to teach for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Byron Bay. JAY CRONAN

For the first time, Lismore will fall into line with other cities and towns that support the international campaign and will encourage men to also take a stance against sexual violence and abuse.

Reclaim The Night is intended to raise awareness about sexual violence and the impact of it on the community.

Actress Bridie Carter, best known for her work on Macleod's Daughters, has thrown her star power behind the issue.

"Violence against women is happening in your street, and in mine. By not speaking out against the everyday atrocities we are complicit in the violence," the mother-of-three said.

Ms Carter said for her, reclaiming the night was not only about literally walking in the dark, it was also about uncovering the secrecy that surrounds the issue.

"How does a child speak up? It's up to us," she said.

"There is a saying that has always stuck with me: 'You're as sick as your secrets'.

"As a society we have to recognise that it takes a village to speak up."

EMPOWERING: Former Macleod’s Daughters actress Bridie Carter (left) and workers at the Women’s Health and Resource Centre (above) are getting behind the Reclaim the Night campaign.
EMPOWERING: Former Macleod’s Daughters actress Bridie Carter (left) and workers at the Women’s Health and Resource Centre (above) are getting behind the Reclaim the Night campaign. Melissa Gulbin

Event organiser Tracey Devine said tomorrow's march is an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate its strength and resilience, after recent drastic cutbacks to services for women and children.

"It's about the community stepping in and saying 'I am the solution too'," she said.

Lismore did not host a march last year but organisers are hoping that this year, with the backing of blokes, there will be renewed interest in the event.

Those keen to take part in the Reclaim the Night rally are asked to meet at Spinks Park tomorrow at 6pm before marching through the Lismore CBD. Organisers said people were welcome to bring drums, whistles, noisemakers and banners.



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