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Toronto— The Ontario government recently released a report titled, “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment”, and urged citizens in Brampton and in communities across the province to help stop sexual violence and harassment. The plan outlines concrete steps to help change attitudes, provide more supports for survivors, and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. The Wynne government has committed $41 million over three years to support the plan’s implementation. Also Read - India Intervention: Women Chant 'The Patriarchy is a Judge', Protest Against Sexual Violence in Delhi
Highlights from the plan include:
- A multi-media public education campaign to help change behaviors and call on bystanders to intervene.
- A new health and physical education curriculum that will help children, from Grades 1 to 12 develop a deeper learning about healthy relationships and consent.
- Stronger workplace safety legislation that, if passed, would require employers to investigate and address workplace harassment, including sexual harassment
- An enhanced prosecution model tailored to the needs of sexual assault cases that will help ensure that all such charges are prosecuted as fairly, effectively, and respectfully as possible
- Legislation that, if passed, would eliminate the two-year limitation period for civil sexual assault claims and claims of sexual assault before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
- Increased and stabilized funding for supports for survivors provided by community partners.
A permanent stakeholder Roundtable on Violence Against Women will be convened to provide advice to the government on ongoing and emerging gender-based violence issues.
It’s Never Okay is part of the government’s plan to provide more security, protection, and equal opportunity for all Ontarians.
“We all have a role to play in stopping sexual violence and harassment. This Action Plan will help provide better, more responsive services and supports to survivors, and will help us work together to ensure our workplaces, campuses and communities are safer places,” said Liberal MPP, Harinder Malhi.
This story originally appeared on The Weekly Voice.