By: Teriq Mohammed, Nicholas Peters (volunteer) and Rosheni Takechandra
Team WITNESS was welcomed by the Queen’s College Admin and students to facilitate the screening of Rebecca’s Story. This was followed by an engaging discussion about the role of witnesses of violence and abuse. Students were eager to ask questions:
1. What do we do if our friend is being abused but she is not empowered to leave the relationship? How much support can we possible give? What would this support look like?
2. What do we do when we report it and the Police do not act?
3. If our neighbour is being abused, should we tell our parents and let them deal with it and fix it? These questions generated a lot of discussion among the students. Because the auditorium was so huge, their voices would echo.
This challenge was well received as the students had to exert more effort to make sure they could hear their colleagues and participate in the discussion.
When give then opportunity some of the quieter students made the following remarks:
A young girl: we have to speak out, this is wrong.
A young boy: we have to break the cycle.
By the end of the session about sixty students registered to volunteer with the WITNESS Project.