December 11, 2015
After travelling the province, hearing expert testimony and personal stories, the all-party committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment has released its final report.
The committee’s mandate was to make recommendations on improving prevention strategies and the response to Ontarians who have experienced sexual violence and harassment.
They also considered ways to shift social norms and other barriers which prevent people from coming forward. As a result, the committee put forward numerous recommendations for the court and justice system, including: that all members of the court system, including judges, defence attorneys, and Crown attorneys, receive training on the realities of sexual violence and harassment and how sex-related crimes impact victims.
In developing these recommendations the committee made efforts to include diverse voices, including those of young people, aboriginal people, visible minorities, LGBTQ, seniors and people with disabilities.
The report builds on the work of the Sexual Violence Action Plan in the following areas:
This report lays out ways to enhance the government’s current Action Plan to help change attitudes, improve supports for survivors who come forward about abuse, and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment.
United by the desire to build a province where everyone is free from the threat of sexual violence and harassment, the committee members want to ensure that Ontario’s response to sexual violence and harassment is comprehensive and ongoing.
“The Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment has received significant input from presenters from across Ontario. I am very confident that the Committee’s final report reflects victims’ experiences. It makes recommendations about how to shift social norms, and proposes reforms that ensure we prevent further instances of sexual assault and harassment, and help victims get the help they need.”
— Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans
"The recommendations in this report will build on the ongoing work already underway with the Sexual Violence Action Plan. Sexual violence and harassment is a systemic issues that crosses all social boundaries. I'm glad the committee included so many diverse voices, from so many different communities. We all have a role to play in ending sexual violence and harassment and making Ontario safer and more equitable for everyone."
— Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa-Centre
“It was a privilege to Chair the Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment. The members, from all parties, united to collaborate on this very important issue. We are very proud of this report, which we hope honours the brave women and men who had the courage to share their stories with us on this journey.”
— Daiene Vernile, Select Committee Chair
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