National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women
December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. This year will mark the 27th anniversary of the tragic events that took place in 1989 at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.
As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.
The Facts about Sexual Assault & Harassment
1. Is sexual assault really as common as some people say?
2. Aren't most sexual assaults very minor?
3. To avoid sexual assault, shouldn't women take responsibility for their own safety and avoid drinking too much or meeting up with strangers?
4. Why would someone sexually assault or harass a woman?
5. How do you know if someone is consenting to sexual activity?
6. What's the difference between sexual assault and sexual harassment?
7. If someone is being sexually assaulted or harassed, why don't they just speak up?
8. Why would someone stay in touch with an abuser after being sexually assaulted?
9. Why are so few sexual asssaults reported to police?
10. How can sexual assault be stopped?
Facts on Violence against women
1. Since crime rates in Canada are falling, is violence against women still a serious problem?
2. Isn't there less domestic violence now than in the past?
3. What is violence against women?
4. What causes violence against women?
5. Aren't men just as likely to be victims as women?
6. If a woman is being abused, why doesn't she just leave the relationship?
7. Who is most at risk of violence against women?
8. What effect does domestic violence have on children?
9. What should I do if I think someone is being abused?
10. Can violence against women ever be stopped?