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NDP would invest $2 million in sexual assault services

March 6, 2017


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill announced today that the NDP would immediately invest $2 million in preventing and addressing sexual violence.

“Over the last week, we have heard from many Nova Scotians who are appalled at the treatment of victims and survivors of sexualized violence in our courts. It is distressing that every day there are women who experience sexual violence and can’t get the services and support they need,” said Burrill. “The NDP is committed to investing in the community organizations that are working on the ground to support victims and survivors of sexual violence.”

The current Sexual Violence Strategy is set to expire on March 31, 2017. The NDP is committed to renewing the strategy and providing additional funding including:

  • $500,000 in additional funding to sexual assault service providers with multi-year funding agreements for sexual assault centres and other community organizations providing sexual assault services;
  • $500,000 in additional funding to Nova Scotia’s women’s centres, which provide prevention and support programs; and
  • $1 million to immediately double the number of sexual assault therapists available across the province. The NDP is also committed to working with service providers to further increase therapy services to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors across the province.

 

“Our organization works with all political parties and stakeholders to ensure adequate funding for sexual assault services in Nova Scotia,” said Bernadette MacDonald, Executive Director of the Tri-County Women’s Centre. “We welcome this commitment to addressing the needs and priorities identified at the community level.”

“This investment would extend community-based services for sexualized violence survivors across our province, and enable sexual assault centres to provide a wider range of much-needed support services,” said Lucille Harper, Executive Director of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association.

The NDP has also put forward legislation to help prevent and address sexualized violence on campus, which the Liberal government has refused to pass despite broad support from students.

“For every case of sexual violence we hear about in the media, there are countless others that go unreported and unaddressed,” said NDP MLA for Halifax Needham Lisa Roberts. “We all have a role to play in building a culture of consent and preventing sexual violence in our communities. The NDP supports and believes survivors.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.