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March through Canterbury against sexual assault to take place this summer

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Original article from Kent Live

A socially distanced march against sexual assault and abuse is set to take place in Canterbury this summer.

The march has been organised by local resident Sophie Hartop in response to the "overwhelming" increase in domestic violence, child grooming and sexual abuse reports.

While it was originally scheduled for May 22, it will now likely take place on a date after COVID restrictions are further eased on June 21.

Beginning at Westgate Towers, the march is set to continue through the city and come to a stop at Dane John Gardens.

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Lockdown has brought about a significant increase in calls to domestic violence charities, with a 25 per cent rise in calls to The National Domestic Abuse helpline during one week in March 2020.

Ms Hartop says it will be a chance for the residents of Canterbury to "come together" and let survivors of these horrible crimes know that the city stands with them.

She explained: "I believe it's important that ongoing sufferers and survivors know that they are supported and that they should not be ashamed or afraid to open up.

"Residents of Canterbury must come together to let survivors know that Canterbury stands with them and not the perpetrators. "

Kent Police says they have been in discussions about the event with the organisers and have highlighted the need to adhere to the relevant COVID restrictions.

A spokesman said: "Kent Police is in contact with the organisers of an event planned for Canterbury later this year.

"Safety at events rests with the organisers, who have a duty to comply with all relevant legislation, including current rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19."

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