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Penryn residents dance to raise awareness of abuse against women and girls

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

  • Supporters of the One Billion Rising campaign dance at Jubilee Wharf.

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PEOPLE in Penryn have shown their support for a global campaign to stop violence against women and girls by dancing.

The group at Jubilee Wharf joined activists around the world on V-Day, February 14, to support One Billion Rising – the figure referring to the number of women and girls who are beaten or raped during their lifetimes.

Dancers in Penryn were collecting money for WAVES, a local counselling service which works with both male and female victims of domestic abuse.

"This issue affects so many people, it's great to see it acknowledged and brought out into the open," said Jo Stone, counselling manager at WAVES.

Playwright Eve Ensler, founder of the event, said: "When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women."

"Now we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force with union workers, parliament members, celebrities and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign."

Anyone suffering domestic abuse and in need of support can call the 24-hour Domestic Abuse Helpline on 01872 225629 or contact WAVES counselling directly either on 01209 204152 or at wavescounsellingproject@live. co.uk

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