Anti-sexual violence bill introduced by Ontario government

The government of Ontario introduced legislation Tuesday that targets sexual violence, workplace harassment and aims to increase support for survivors.

A statement released by the premier’s office says the legislation aims to make workplaces, campuses and communities safer and “more responsive to the needs of survivors and to complaints about sexual violence and harassment.”

If passed, the legislation would:

  • Require every college and university to have a policy on sexual violence and review it every three years
  • Ensure employers properly investigate harassment incidents and complaints and have proper sexual harassment prevention programs
  • Get rid of the limitation period that exists for civil proceedings based on sexual assault
  • Get rid of the limitation period that exists for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to make applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Make it quicker to end a tenancy agreement for people experiencing sexual or domestic violence

According to the Ontario government, one in three women in Canada will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime. The legislation is part of the Ontario action plan that includes increased government funding community and hospital-based sexual assault centres…

Read the full article on CBC.ca here. 

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