Ontario’s Rape Crisis Centres Deserve Certainty About Funding

“While the NDP welcomes news of more resources to fight human trafficking, a lot of questions remain about whether Ontario’s 42 rape crisis centres will get additional funding this year to provide services to survivors of rape and sexual assault.”                               – Ontario NDP MPPs Jill Andrew and Suze Morrison

A Brief Statement from the Ontario New Democratic Party,s Women’s Issue Critic Jill Andrew and NDP MPP Suze Morrison

Posted March 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park – Jill Andrew, Ontario NDP Women’s Issues critic, and Suze Morrison, Ontario NDP critic for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Response, released the following statement in response to the government’s announcement regarding human trafficking:

“While the NDP welcomes news of more resources to fight human trafficking, a lot of questions remain about whether Ontario’s 42 rape crisis centres will get additional funding this year to provide services to survivors of rape and sexual assault. We should be giving rape crisis centres the $14 million dollars the Liberals waited 15 years to promise, and then failed to deliver.

Rape crisis centres – and those who rely on their services – deserve assurance that they will get the funding required to keep up with the surge in survivors seeking support in the aftermath of #MeToo.

It was wrong for the Ford government to put them through angst by saying $1 million in funding wouldn’t continue, and then causing even more uncertainty by providing few details and no clarity on what funding may be forthcoming.”

To read a news release from Ontario’s Ford government, posted earlier this March 6th on Niagara At Large, on an announcement it made in St. Catharines/Niagara  to provide more resources to stop human ftrafficking, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/03/06/ontarios-ford-government-releases-a-new-and-comprehensive-strategy-to-combat-human-trafficking/

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