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Stop letting the system assault victims of sexual violence over and over

By Kathleen Finlay      

The Senate’s failure to pass groundbreaking legislation is just the latest example of women being betrayed by the very institutions they reach out to for help.

The Senate rose for the summer without passing Bill C-337, a private member’s bill which had received unanimous support in the House of Commons in May 2017. By not passing the bill, the Senate decided to roll the dice with the lives of women who were depending on it to do the right thing, writes Kathleen Finlay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Sexual assault is one of the worst experiences any woman can face. It rightfully attracts strong opprobrium on the part of society. So why are victims often hit by a second assault in the form of avoidable emotional harm inflicted by the officials and institutions they trust when they reach out for help?

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