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Trio to attend Rape Crisis young activist development day

From left to right: Eve Wiseman, Vhairi Graham and Tabitha Johnson. Photo: Shetland News

THREE pupils from Anderson High School are set to attend an event in Glasgow later this month designed to encourage young people from across Scotland to discuss how to tackle gender based violence.

Eve Wiseman, Vhairi Graham and Tabitha Johnson, who are all 15, will attend the Year of Young People event on 27 November.

They have been selected after representing Shetland Rape Crisis in the finals of the Anderson High School youth and philanthropy initiative competition earlier this year.

The cost of the trip is being covered by Rape Crisis Scotland and the Anderson High School Fund.

The event will bring together activists who have worked with Rape Crisis centres in Scotland, with groups able to share their work and pool ideas.

Attendees will also hear from speakers and meet with a member of the Scottish Parliament.

The three pupils said on Monday they were looking forward to the trip and learning about the issues.

Tabitha said she is looking forward to “seeing what’s happening in other areas” of the country and exploring how other branches work.

Eve added that they were keen to raise awareness of the charity, which launched locally in Shetland in 2016.

Shetland Rape Crisis, meanwhile, will take part in the UN’s 16 Days of Activism project from 25 November to 10 December.

In addition to the Glasgow trip, the charity will also hold a social media campaign featuring international hashtags for the 16 Days – #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo and #AllTheDifference.

A window display will take place at Market House in Lerwick, an information stall will be placed at Shetland College and staff will be at the Toll Clock Shopping Centre on 29 November and 6 December.

The Lerwick Town Hall clock will also turn orange for the #OrangeTheWorld campaign.

Shetland Rape Crisis provides free and confidential information, advocacy and support for anyone in Shetland (aged 13 and over) affected by any form of sexual violence.

It now has its own premises on Lerwick’s Hill Lane after moving from Market House.