Letter urging BC to invest in a rights-based framework for survivors of sexual assault

Commencing in 2016, West Coast LEAF partnered with the YWCA-Metro Vancouver on a project aimed at identifying strategies to reduce barriers in the justice system for sexual assault survivors through dialogue among key stakeholders, including frontline anti-violence activists and service providers, police, former Crown, retired judges, academics, and defense counsel.

In fall 2018, we released We Are Here: Women’s Experiences of the Barriers to Reporting Sexual Assault, which centers women’s experiences of the devastating impacts of sexual assault. Throughout this project we have heard that community-based integrated supports have the potential of improving a survivor’s engagement with the justice system following sexual assault.

As a result, in June 2019, we sent a letter urging the government of British Columbia to invest in a rights-based framework for survivors of sexual assault by committing to provide dedicated, secure, and sustainable funding for community-based sexual assault crisis response teams and integrated sexual assault clinics across British Columbia.

We are joined in this ask by a growing number of umbrella and direct-service organizations that have been working tirelessly to support sexual assault survivors across BC, including:

  • Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Chilliwack Community Services
  • Ending Violence Association of British Columbia
  • South Okanagan Women in Need Society
  • Surrey Women’s Centre
  • Tri-City Transitions Society
  • Vancouver Sexual Assault Centre
  • Women Against Violence Against Women
  • YWCA-Metro Vancouver


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