BALLARAT people came out in large numbers on Sunday to show their support for all people impacted by sexual violence. The message was loud and clear ‘we support you and we care’. People gathered at the former St Alipius Boys’ School in Victoria Street and marched to M.A.D.E. (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) where people could partake in family friendly entertainment, including an art table and music.
The happy atmosphere belied the past but showed solidarity ahead of the next set of Royal Commission hearings next month. Colourful ribbons were attached to fences at the former boys’ school and marchers were encouraged to bring flags and whistles, a symbolism to remove the silence around sexual abuse. The ‘Loud Fence’ came out of the previous hearing into child sexual abuse in Ballarat people were encouraged to tie a colourful ribbon onto the former St Alipius Christian Brothers’ boys’ school fence.