Montrealers are taking to the streets. A Montreal protest against sexual violence will start at Parc La Fontaine on Sunday, July 19. Aiming to bring awareness to sexual violence and abuse and to give voice to the survivors of assault, the protest's organizers, C'est Assez, hope "for a more secure, inclusive and just future." Participants are asked to gather at Parc Lafontaine, to wear a mask, and respect social distancing measures. 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, call the Assaulted Women's Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 or find them online here. You can also contact the Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault at 1-866-887-0015 or online here. For a list of resources by province, go here.

"With this walk, we wish to educate the population and bring awareness on sexual assaults of any kind, such as sexual coercion, sexual harassment, sexual violence and rape culture as a whole," said the protest's organizers. 

"We wish to democratize consent, support victims in a concrete way and educate the population about this societal issue."

Over the past week, survivors across Quebec have spoken out against their abusers on social media in a wave that has reverberated across society.

Several well-known Quebec celebrities have been accused of sexual assault, aggression, and misconduct.

The wave of sexual assault allegations in Quebec has prompted supportive responses from the province's politicians and even Premier François Legault's wife, Isabelle Brais

Speaking directly to men, Brais said that she hopes men who claim to respect women"speak out against the actions of your deviant brothers, the very same ones who tarnish your reputation." 

"This demonstration is a collective movement against the Boys Club’s horrendous actions, as well as its silent witnesses," wrote the protest's organizers. 

"Because we are tired of the shortcomings in the justice system. Because we demand fair and inclusive justice for POC, trans, indigenous sisters and brothers and everyone else who feels alienated by our current society."

"Because sex workers struggle to get the help they deserve in a system that already rejects them. Because we are exasperated and extenuated to feel invalidated, minimized and trivialized."

A GoFundMe page has been set up for anyone who wishes to donate to C'est Assez and contribute to the demonstration.

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