Flash mob brightens up Patrick's Street 

Flash mob brightens up Patrick's Street 
International Womens Day Flashmob, Cork City. Credit: Damian Coleman

A TOTAL of 67 Corkonians took part in a flash mob outside Brown Thomas today to show support for women affected by sexual abuse.

The event was hosted by Mary Crilly, who heads the Sexual Violence Centre on Camden Place, and was organised to mark International Women's Day.

Pic by Damian Coleman
Pic by Damian Coleman

Young Rappers Kabin Krew were on hand to perform for the event. 

The artists are the latest in a line of successful young performers mentored by Garry McCarthy, aka GMC Beats, who runs the Kabin Studio for youths which offer workshops in rap, coding, playwriting, artist development and a podcasting workshop.

Ms Crilly said she was delighted with the turn-out.

"It went really well," she said. "Out of the three billion women in the world, two billion will be sexually assaulted."

Dancers had spent weeks in rehearsals to master a special routine choreographed for a song titled Breaking the Chain.

Pic by Damian Coleman
Pic by Damian Coleman

"Everyone was very enthusiastic and really enjoyed it. Everyone was buzzing afterwards because we had been trying for so long to make this happen. There were very heavy showers but I think everyone was determined this went ahead."

This marked a special milestone for the facility which was set up on International Women’s Day back in 1983. Formerly known as the Rape Crisis Centre the organisation has been providing services to victims of sexual violence in Cork city and county for more than 33 years.

The main objectives of the organisation are to work towards the elimination of sexual violence in society while providing service provision to sexual assault victims.

Pic by Damian Coleman
Pic by Damian Coleman

Ms Crilly has been advocating for sexual assault victims for decades. In recent weeks she highlighted the difficulties for abuse victims in the circuit court.

In an Echo article, she described why she felt assault victims were having their privacy compromised.

“This is especially true of historical cases if you are in a courtroom with lots of people who are hearing your name over and over again. For as long as we are using this system nothing is going to change.” 

For more information on the work of the Sexual Violence Centre visit http://www.sexualviolence.ie/

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