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Response to Ontario's Sexual Violence Action Plan

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Response to Ontario's Sexual Violence Action Plan

Ministry of the Status of Women

"Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes is pleased with the announcement of the Ontario Sexual Violence Action Plan. Community awareness, training and better funding for sexual assault/rape crisis centres will allow us to better meet the challenges with respect to sexual violence."

- Jeanne Françoise Mouè, President, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes

"It's important to reach men, boys and the general public with messages about equality and respect to end the harmful societal norms that support sexual violence against women."

-Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon Campaign

"We know how important it is that a woman who has been sexually assaulted receives a response from police that is sensitive and appropriate.  We will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to ensure that investigative guidelines meet victims' expectations."

-Chief Robert Herman (Thunder Bay Police Service), OACP President

"Sexual assault treatment centres within hospitals play a critical role in providing emergency health care services and in collecting forensic evidence and supporting survivors of sexual assault.  Standards of care will help to ensure continued high quality services."

 - Sheila Macdonald, Provincial Coordinator, Ontario Network of Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

"We know that in order to provide sensitive and accurate services to women of various cultural backgrounds, specialized language interpretation must be accessible to victims.  The expansion of the Language Interpreter Services will help overcome language barriers in delivering compassionate and effective services to women who are survivors of sexual assault."

 -Amanda Dale, Executive Director, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

"Sexual violence can happen to any woman.  A province-wide effort to eradicate sexual violence that also includes prevention strategies is a positive and necessary step."

- Barb MacQuarrie, Community Director, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, University of Western Ontario