March 24th, 2016

Statement by Andrea Horwath: I believe survivors

Today, 1 in 4 women experience sexual assault or harassment and yet only 10% report it.  It’s the fear of not being believed that stops women from coming forward. I believe survivors… 

I also believe that we need to do better. Not only do we need to change the culture, we need to think about whether this trial is an opportunity to look at whether the justice system provides the kind of protections women need to feel safe to come forward.

We must all work together to create a safe space where survivors can feel comfortable coming forward and have access to the support services they need.