Punto Violeta will be attended by specialists and flyers will raise awareness
Guardamar has followed the example set my many Town Halls with a campaign to prevent any sexual assaults at the local fiestas. For this a safe zone called a Punto Violeta will be set up in the area of the kábilas (fiesta troupe bar areas in the street), which will offer advice how to prevent and what to do in case of aggression.
The service will be active throughout the nights of Friday and Saturday when thousands of people will be joining the party. Although the point of this space is to be able to report any harrassment or physical violence, there will also be a campaign to raise awareness with the slogan “Women are not dolls, nor are sexual assaults a game. You can’ come in”. this will be printed on over 3,000 items (fans, badges and wristbands) to be handed out to fiesta club members, people from Guardamar and tourists.
They will also have information about responsible sexual behaviour and provide condoms and HIV tests.
Councillor José Maria Hernández said “the Town Hall wants to promote equality during nightlife and fiesta activities. It is especially relevant and social justice to have a safe place where any victims can go and seek help from professionals”.
Mayor José Luis Sáez invited anyone who would like to help to join the group of volunteers and inform people about sexual assaults and women’s rights.
Councillor Jesús Tenza said “fiestas are all about getting along, respect, fun and entertainment, nothing else”.
Councillor Ana Martínez said a police unit will be in contact with the professionals at the Punto Violeta throughout these nights.