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  • March 08, 2015

Concrete Measures to End Sexual Violence and Harassment

Province Unveils New Action Plan

NEWS                                                                                                       March 6, 2015

Ontario is urging citizens in Orléans and in communities across the province to help stop sexual violence and harassment.

The Ontario government has released It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The ground-breaking plan outlines concrete steps to help change attitudes, provide more supports for survivors, and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. The government has committed $41 million over three years to support the plan’s implementation.

 

Highlights from the plan include:

  • A multi-media public education campaign to help change behaviours and call on bystanders to intervene;
  • A new health and physical education curriculum that will help children, from Grades 1 to 12, develop a deeper learning about healthy relationships and consent;
  • Stronger workplace safety legislation that, if passed, would require employers to investigate and address workplace harassment, including sexual harassment;
  • An enhanced prosecution model tailored to the needs of sexual assault cases that will help ensure that all such charges are prosecuted as fairly, effectively, and respectfully as possible;
  • Legislation that, if passed, would eliminate the two-year limitation period for civil sexual assault claims and claims of sexual assault before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, and;
  • Increased and stabilized funding for supports for survivors provided by community partners.

A permanent stakeholder Roundtable on Violence Against Women will be convened to provide advice to the government on ongoing and emerging gender-based violence issues.

It’s Never Okay is part of the government’s plan to provide more security, protection, and equal opportunity for all Ontarians. It will help ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety and is free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.

 

QUOTES

"We all have a role to play in stopping sexual violence and harassment. This Action Plan will help Orléans provide better, more responsive services and supports to survivors, and will help us work together to ensure our workplaces, campuses and communities are safer places.”

― MPP Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans

QUICK FACTS

  • One in three women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime.
  • Sexual assault victimization rates are five times higher for women under the age of 35.
  • 28 per cent of Canadians say they have been on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or sexually-charged talk while on the job.

LEARN MORE

Read a summary of the 13 concrete measures included in the action plan, available in 25 languages

 

Read: It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

 

Download a broadcast-quality version of the ad that is part of the public education and awareness campaign

 

Join the conversation on social media: #WhoWillYouHelp

Contact: Bismah Haq

MPP Lalonde’s Office

Bhaq@liberal.ola.org

613-834-8679

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