Taking Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Taking Action To End Violence Against Women and Girls

For Immediate Release

Lethbridge, AB – Rachael Harder, the Member of Parliament for Lethbridge and member on the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, is pleased to announce the committee has tabled its seventh report entitled: Taking Action to End Violence Against Young Women and Girls in Canada.

Rachael Harder said, “The prevalence of violence against women and girls in Canada is alarming and worthy of national attention. This report details the extensive and troubling acceptance of rape culture in Canada. This committee report is a call to action to publicly acknowledge how widespread this problem is and to make meaningful change to protect women and girls in Canada.”

This report calls for action and draws specific attention to ending sexual violence on campus, addressing cyber-violence, making it easier for victims and survivors to report incidences of sexual assault and invites men and boys to be a part of the solution.

Conservative members on the committee submitted a supplementary report because the main report neglected to adequately address some of the root-causes of violence against young women and girls and the solutions that can fix these root-causes, including the negative impact of violent pornography on healthy relationships, the need for strong sentencing laws with significant prison sentences, and the failure of the judicial system to provide justice for victims.

“We all know of at least one young woman or girl who has suffered at the hands of violence. It might be a sister, a friend, an aunt, a cousin, a grandma, or perhaps a connection that is even closer—perhaps it’s our own story,” said Harder, “supporting Rona Ambrose’s private member’s bill to require mandatory training of judges in how to handle sexual assault trials is the first step to ending the injustice many women and girls endure in our courts.”   

The committee’s report can be accessed at the following website: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/FEWO