Nova Scotia: Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Grants Applications Sought

The province of Nova Scotia is inviting people with creative ideas on how to prevent sexual violence to apply for grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy.

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) releases 2014-2015 Annual Report

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) releases 2014-2015 Annual Report. Over the past year, the OFOVC continued to fulfill its mandate by focusing on three core activities: responding to questions and complaints from victims and their families; reaching out to and engaging victims, stakeholders and the general public; and, identifying and championing effective policy and legislative improvements. For more information see: http://victimsfirst.gc.ca/res/pub/ar1415-ra1415/index.html

CTV: Sexual assault victim challenges publication ban on her identity

HALIFAX — A woman who was sexually assaulted has been granted the right to reveal her name after two years of living under a publication ban, CTV reports.

Shannon Graham was assaulted by her common law spouse, Jared Beck-Wentzell. Beck-Wentzell was charged, convicted, and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He was released, pending an appeal, after just two months behind bars.

For more on this story visit: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/sexual-assault-victim-challenges-publication-ban-on-her-identity-1.2964040

Domestic violence survivor feared for her life

Diane George says the abuse in her five-year relationship began slowly.

During their relaionship, he squeezed her leg, hit her with the television remote and whipped her with a wet towel. She thought he was just in a bad mood, she said.

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Justice Canada Video: One Victim’s story

Published on 17 Apr 2013, this is a video interview with Sarah, who uses her own voice to let other victims of crime know that though each victim is unique, no victim is truly alone.

The transcript and accessible version of this video are available on the Victims Week website at http://www.victimsweek.gc.ca/stories-experience/video/sarah.html?WT.mc_id=YTen

Breaking the last silence around my sexual abuse

Earlier this year, Phillip Nolan, an Ottawa music teacher who played drums in a band with former prime minister Stephen Harper, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual interference involving a 13-year-old girl.

The events happened 16 years ago, when he was her 29-year-old teacher. Now, that woman is breaking her public silence for the first time.

Anna Côté, a 29-year-old law student, had the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General lift the publication ban about her case to write about it for The Globe and Mail.

Anna hopes to contribute to an atmosphere of support and understanding for those who have experienced sexual abuse.

Read her story here.