September 17, 2007
Government Works to Combat Sexual Violence
The issue of sexual violence will be highlighted during Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2007, as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and over a dozen community groups participate in events throughout Newfoundland and Labrador from September 17 to 21. The intent is to draw attention to the issue and provide public education across the province, which has the highest reported rate of sexual assault in Atlantic Canada.
"Sexual Violence Awareness Week is an important
opportunity to educate the public about the realities of violence in our
province," said the Honourable Joan Burke, Minister Responsible for the
Status of Women and lead Minister for the Violence Prevention
Initiative. "Supporting community groups, such as the Newfoundland and
Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre, is a primary
objective of the Provincial Government�s Violence Prevention Initiative
(VPI). Only through collaboration can we take action against violence."
The Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre provides support and essential services to those impacted by sexual violence. Services include a 24-hour crisis line (1-800-726-2743) that is accessible throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
The centre is one of over 30 community groups that partner with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador�s Violence Prevention Initiative. The initiative is a six-year, $9.2 million commitment by the Williams Government to reduce violence in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Budget 2007 allocated a $30,000 annual increase to the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre to help with efforts to combat sexual violence in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"At the Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre we
value partnerships with community groups and the Provincial Government,"
said Barbara Wadman, co-ordinator of the Newfoundland and Labrador
Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre. "We hope that the community
will become involved in Sexual Violence Awareness Week in order to learn
more about the prevalence of sexual violence, and how to work together
to raise awareness and education about prevention."
During Sexual Violence Awareness Week, the centre has organized a number of events including a public information session and open house, a youth poster-making night, and a Wenlido Self Defenseclass. The week culminates with the annual Take Back the Night march and rally on the steps of City Hall on Friday, September 21. In recognition of the week, flags will be flown at half mast at the Confederation Building on September 17, 2007.
Further information on Sexual Violence Awareness Week activities can be obtained by visiting www.nlsacpc.com or by calling 709-747-7757.
"I encourage everyone to participate in the events taking place in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador and to learn how to prevent sexual violence in our province" said Minister Burke.
Photo #1: Premier Danny Williams with Barbara Wadman, Andrea Milley, Karen Bennett and Kristie Williams of the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre signing the proclamation declaring September 17 to 21 Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
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