This week, to kick off our Campaign to End Violence, we're looking at the issue of sexual assault.
Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16, and 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
This violence has a devastating impact on the lives of millions of women and girls in Canada, as well as their families, friends and loved ones. Yet it persists – as do attitudes that hold women responsible for the violence they suffer, while allowing perpetrators to commit violence free of consequences.
Let’s stop the victim blaming and spread awareness about the realities of sexual assault in Canada.
In our round up this week, we look at why sexual assault survivors don’t go to the police and analyze how the criminal justice system can better serve survivors.
Our Director of Violence Prevention, Anuradha Dugal, asks "Why is it okay to ask questions like “What was she wearing?” but not “Why did he do that?” She calls on us all to stop the victim blaming and offers a new approach to addressing sexual assault.
In why support survivors of sexual assault, Naomi Walsh reflects on her experience of violence and victim-blaming in high school. Donna Sacuta further shares her personal story and argues that sexual violence survivors need a voice – no matter when it happened.
Rebecca Laufer analyzes how media influences our perceptions of domestic and sexualized violence, while Vanessa Abban reacts to media articles that perpetuate victim-blaming and explains that telling women to "just say no" to alcohol isn't the answer.
What is the message in all the above articles? Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.
Join us in ensuring survivors get the support they need and in working to end violence against women and girls in Canada during our Campaign to End Violence- learn how you can get involved!