As stated in the Toronto Star this morning, rape crisis centres in Ontario “wait for information from the ministry, survivors of sexual violence, meanwhile, continue to wait for services,” said Nicole Pietsch, co-ordinator of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, noting that yearly calls have shot up to more than 50,000 from 30,000 a decade ago.
The centre’s in Ontario have seen a 30% increase in requests for help in the past three years while staffing remains what it was in the 1990’s. The increase is attributed to the #MeToo movement.
The government had pledged $14.8 million over the three years as part of a gender-based violence strategy. Wait lists of three to six months are common for rape crisis centre.
This is unconscionable for a country like Canada.
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