Even with a feminist advocate on her side, the vast majority of women will be failed by the criminal justice system. In 2019, although sexual assaults reported to police rose from 4,419 in 2018 to 5,553 in 2019 (a 25.7% increase), charges laid actually decreased in that same period from 1,786 to 1,768.
To uphold the principles of transparency and accountability we must have all judgements in sexual assault trials transcribed and posted online so that judges’ decisions in sexual assault cases will be available for public scrutiny
Many of the Asian women who call us don’t speak English. They did not find out about us through an internet search or seeing an interview with us in the media. Somehow, they got our phone number from someone who knew that we could help them. Regardless of the reason they call us, Asian women often tell us that they’re constantly propositioned to have sex for money by men that they know, as well as men who are strangers to them.
Our program provides women living in Greater Vancouver a safe place for grouping: to break the silence and isolation around the violence committed against them, to offer and receive emotional support, to plan and strategize their responses to men's violence. Grouping together after leaving an abusive man, after exiting prostitution, or after being raped is an act of resistance against the abusers' tactic of silencing and isolating women.
With Diane Redsky, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata, Pragna Patel, South Hall Black Sisters, UK, Jennie-Laure Sully, la Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (la CLES), Megan Walker, London Abused Women’s Centre and Hilla Kerner, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter
With Ingeborg Kraus, German Psychotraumatologist against Prostitution, Germany, Alisa Bernard, Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS), Seattle, USA, Ghada Jabbour, KAFA, Lebanon and Diane Matte, la Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (la CLES), Quebec, Canada