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Once you notice how many parts of our culture normalize rape, you'll start seeing it everywhere.
The Dec. 6, 1989 attack still feels disturbingly relevant.
"I knew I had to fight. My rights and safety were not self-evident."
Rom-coms have helped nurture the idea that stalking is an expected aspect of romantic interest.
The Conservative government has yet to unveil policies that specifically address gender disparities, such as violence against women and girls.
Not addressing the connection between mental health and violence means women are often misdiagnosed or unable to access the support they need to heal
Partnering with men and boys involves helping them develop a healthy, non-violent, and respectful outlook towards themselves and their relationships, and models of manliness where they are equals amongst their peers. Engaging boys and adolescents in the process at all levels is also key to empowering a generation of young people with the capacity to claim their own rights and respect those of everyone around them.
Each refugee-producing situation is different and could be caused by a range of catalysts, including war, political unrest, terrorism or even climate change. However, within each situation, there is one constant: that the needs of girls consistently go unheard and unmet.
I am calling on all Canadians to empower girls because we live in a globally connected world where rape and other forms of gender-based violence are pervasive. Canadians must realize that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable and that girls are among the most vulnerable population in the world.
What the media -- and many Canadians -- fail to understand is that when the abuser is someone you know, sexual violence becomes especially complicated. Complex personal and emotional relationships often make cutting ties difficult, undesirable, even dangerous. Still, Canada's court system relies on an outdated understanding of sexual violence as an experience faced by a "perfect victim" at the hands of a "bad stranger."