Wexford vigil highlights 20 years of support for victims of sexual violence
A special candlelit vigil was held in the Bullring last Tuesday to shine a light on the 20th anniversary of the Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service.
Crowds gathered in the venue from lunchtime for an upbeat celebration of the support provided by the service since its establishment. Each person was given a battery-operated candle to hold as a symbol of the light that this service has offered to victims of sexual violence since 1995.
'It was very upbeat and very celebratory. Everyone was very positive around the fact that the service is there for over 20 years and that it is very discreet but has a big role in the community,' said manager of the Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service Clare Williams.
Among the crowds were current and former staff members, board members and volunteers, representatives of the Wexford Womens Refuge, clients and members of the public. A speech was made by Cllr Jim Moore, who stood in for Cllr Ger Carthy Mayor of Wexford as he was unable to attend.
An emotional poem by one of the clients of the service was read out by one of the counsellors. It told the person's journey of coming through the experience of sexual violence with the help of the Wexford support service.
The air of positivity was heightened with some musical entertainment, which was provided by Martin Jackman.