Minister Pam Parsons Proclaims Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Minister Pam Parsons Proclaims Sexual Violence Awareness Week

by ahnationtalk on September 14, 202134 Views

September 14, 2021

The Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for the Office of Women and Gender Equality, today joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre in proclaiming Sexual Violence Awareness Week in Newfoundland and Labrador, September 12-18.

The Provincial Government is taking steps to change its approach toward violence prevention work in order to address systemic issues directly. Systemic changes, including changing attitudes toward violence and toward survivors of violence, are paramount to changing behaviours and making long-term, deep-rooted change.

The Provincial Government is committed to continued collaboration with community groups, departments and agencies, and Indigenous governments and organizations, to counteract discrimination, promote equality and, ultimately, prevent and reduce all forms of violence and abuse.

For more information about Sexual Violence Awareness Week including scheduled events, and how to participate, visit the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre on Facebook.

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“Sexual assault is a crime that is predominantly rooted in inequality – social, economic, legal, and political – and can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ability, social and cultural location. Sexual violence is complex and requires more than band-aid solutions. Long-term systemic changes are required to address the complexities that exist within the cycle of violence. As a government, we recognize the need for the people of our province to live in safe and caring communities where violence is unacceptable. We remain committed to preventing violence in all its forms, as violence of any kind cannot be tolerated.”

Honourable Pam Parsons
Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality

“Sexual Violence Awareness Week provides our communities an opportunity to talk about a complicated and complex issue. Often, these issues are uncomfortable for most because it involves talking about sex, power, and violence. Speaking about sexual violence in all its form is important to our communities. Everyone is encouraged to talk about the realities of sexual violence; specifically, the issues and perceptions that allows it to flourish in the shadows. We encourage our communities to learn how to respond and support survivors and advocate for trauma informed, seamless support and services for anyone impacted by sexual violence.”

Sandra McKellar, Executive Director
Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre

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Learn more

Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre

Media contact
Danielle Barron
Office of Women and Gender Equality
709-729-5188, 691-2944
[email protected]

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