Grenfell's White Ribbon event

Angela Barker with her mum Helen at the Grenfell White Ribbon event.

Angela Barker with her mum Helen at the Grenfell White Ribbon event.

There was barely a dry eye in The Henry Lawson High School auditorium last Friday, September 15 during Angela Barker’s inspirational power point presentation.

A huge crowd was in attendance for the inspiring event.

A huge crowd was in attendance for the inspiring event.

The Grenfell ‘Voices against Violence’ committee’s White Ribbon event was hailed a huge success with an almost sold out crowd attending to hear Angela’s message.

Angela Barker is an inspirational young woman who grew up in rural Victoria. 

At age 16 Angela was brutally physically assaulted by her ex-boyfriend and suffered severe brain damage. 

The prognosis was she would remain in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. Now age 32, through continuous therapy, ongoing operations and Angela’s strength and determination, she continues to inspire everyone with her ongoing recovery.

Angela educates communities on healthy relationships and promotes anti-violence messages, talking to thousands of students, men, women, workers and politicians. 

As of 2011, Angela has shared her story with over 10,000 teens across Australia and internationally. 

In 2007, Angela told the story of her assault in a special session of the United Nations General Assembly devoted to children. 

She was chosen as one of 15 women to meet at the UN for a four-day conference on activism and policy. 

She has worked with the Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance, and represented young people at multiple Australian Labor Party conferences.

In 2015, she was the special guest at a White Ribbon Day march in Lakemba.

Angela has received many awards due to her experience and the work she does to highlight the “No to Violence” message.

The annual ‘Voices against Violence’ White Ribbon events greatly assist in raising awareness within our community regarding domestic violence and also encourage more members of the community to come on board and be a part of the committee who play a pivital role within the shire assisting victims and raising awareness to help prevent violence within the home.

Angela and Helen prepare to address the crowd.

Angela and Helen prepare to address the crowd.

For more information about White Ribbon visit www.whiteribbon.org.au