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Addressing Sexual Assault

In 2016, the Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA Canada) developed a series of 14 Briefing Notes on gender-based violence as a resource to support the work of Status of Women Canada and Department of Justice Canada in the development of a federal strategy on gender-based violence.

Briefing Note 6: Addressing Sexual Assault

Introduction:

Given the prevalence of sexual assault, the extremely low reporting rates, long-term impacts on survivors and those close to them, and the high social and economic costs of this crime, it is crucial that the justice, social service, and health systems place a high priority on developing effective responses to sexual assault, including policy, increased specialization, counselling and support services, training, and prevention.

Full Briefing Note: 6