For Her We Speak: An evening to end violence against women and girls
Rehtaeh Parsons’ tragic story is known across Canada. After she was allegedly sexually assaulted at a party in 2013, the Nova Scotia teen faced months of bullying and “slut shaming” from peers. She died by suicide 17 months later.
Halton Women’s Place (HWP) women’s shelter, Sheridan College and Sheridan professor and researcher Nicolette Little have teamed up to bring Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh’s mother, to Oakville. On October 13th, at 7pm, Parsons will speak at Sheridan College about the consequences of sexual assault, “victim blaming” and related teen bullying, as well as the importance of supporting victims with kindness and care. The event is named “For Her We Speak:” while many victims of violence against women and girls (VAWG) feel silenced by stigma, bullying or our criminal justice system, this event gives voice to the 1 in 4 Canadian women who report facing violence – most frequently at the hands of something they know (“Sexual Assault Statistics,” 2016; Canadian Centre for Justice, n.d.).
Other speakers include MP Pam Damoff, Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for the Status of Women, who will speak about the Canadian government’s increased role in fighting VAWG. Sheridan President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky will also discuss Sheridan’s commitment to anti-violence. A Q&A period will follow, with Parsons, MP Damoff, gender studies experts at Sheridan College and members of Sheridan’s newly-minted Sexual Assault Task Force as panelists.
Thank you to CIBC Burlington Banking Centre, 2400 Fairview Street, Burlington and Sovereign Wealth Management for their sponsorships.
For more information contact Carm Bozzo, Development Manager, Halton Women's Place at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-332-1200 ext 222.