The Quebec government recently tabled legislation that will abolish the time limits on sexual assault lawsuits. Currently, the time limit for sexual assault lawsuits is 30 years. This change to legislation, which would allow victims to sue for damages no longer how much time has passed since the sexual assault, has been long sought after by survivors and advocates.
Today, the British Columbia government announced $10 million in funding over three years to community-based sexual assault programming. This is great news to community-based sexual assault programs, including West Coast LEAF, an iMPACTS Project partner.
Research assistant and PhD student Rebecca Katz has written an op-ed piece about discrimination in the time of COVID-19. She explains:
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is a Canadian federal research-funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary research and training in the humanities and social sciences.
Dr. Shaheen Shariff, along with other experts at McGill University, offered her expertise to the pandemic paradox Canadians are currently experiencing: they have been asked to go out and face the threat that has kept them home-bound for weeks. Dr.
Carolyn Peris is a research assistant on IMPACTS, a special needs teacher in Montreal, and a big sister to a brother with Down Syndrome.
The Landon Pearson Centre is inviting children and young people aged 4-18 to share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Folks are invited to express themselves through short stories, drawings, videos, and more. Winning entries will receive a cash prize and will be invited to publish in the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights Special Issue 2021.
A video titled "You Clap for Me Now" features UK residents and people of foreign heritage reciting an anti-racist poem in order to highlight the crucial role immigrant workers are playing in the COVID-19 outbreak.
Signal for Help Campaign Launches to Help People Experiencing Gender-Based Violence During Home Isolation
The Canadian Women’s Foundation, one of the IMPACTS Project partners, has announced its support for Signal for Help, an online initiativ
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted our lives and, consequently, there are individuals and communities in need of additional supports and resources. We on the IMPACTS Project are dedicated to supporting people affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, and abuse. Here is a list of some resources, information, and other supports available.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government has been working to support vulnerable populations. Certain communities and individuals face additional risks and harm, particularly as services and resources are closed, and as they are forced to stay home. Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the government will provide additional support to women and children at risk of violence.
As Canadians increasingly self-isolate amid urgent and necessary calls by the federal and provincial governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many women and children will be at greater risk of facing domestic violence. In fact, for many, a greater threat to their health and safety might be in their very home.
Dr. Wayne MacKay of Dalhousie University, and partner on the IMPACTS Project, recently spoke to Information Morning with Louise Renault and Portia Clark. The CBC radio show provides Nova Scotia with news, survival information, stories and opinions from all perspectives in the province.