July 15, 2013
While our organization focuses primarily on the issue of sexualized violence, we strongly condemn all forms of violence against women. The announcement that Chris Brown is the headlining act for this summer’s Energy Rush concert at Alderney Landing is disappointing. By inviting Chris Brown, known for his violent behavior and assault on Rihanna, to perform here sends a message that if a person is talented, his/her past actions do not matter. Halifax Regional Municipality and the province of Nova Scotia have a critical problem with sexualized violence that needs to be addressed. We appreciate that Rogers Communications, Molson Coors and Touch of Radiance have withdrawn their sponsorship for this event and that they and Mayor Mike Savage recognize the seriousness of violence against women.