THE crowd wasn't big but the message was clear at last night's Reclaim the Night march.

About 150 women and children walked through the streets of Lismore banging drums and blowing whistles to send the message that violence against women must stop.

A march also took place in Byron Bay.

Before marching through the CBD those gathered listened to prominent local women speaking about the need for action to stop violence whether it's on the streets or in the home.

Sexual assault councillor Sharon Brodie said most acts of violence perpetrated against women went unreported.

"Another 90% (of victims) don't speak up for decades or years," Ms Brodie said.

"I don't just want to reclaim the night; I want to reclaim the morning, the afternoon, streets, homes, schools and the workplace.

"I don't want there to be violence against women and children. The violence has got to stop."

Marriage celebrant Rose Hogan said much of the violence against women was ignored.

"There is a lot that happens that does not hit the headlines," she said.

"But we are not going to stay indoors because we are not the ones committing the crimes."

Lismore was the first rural community to hold a reclaim the night march, after the first in the UK in the 1970s.



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