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Parole board hearings tough for victim’s family

Emily Fearon
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When Sue Ashley gives a victim impact statement at parole board hearings just a few feet away from her sister’s killer, her pain and devastation resurfaces and she’s forced to re-live the horror.

“You’re just baring all your raw emotions and you’re digging up the pain that’s been tucked away for so long and so deep,” Ashley said. Her sister, Linda Bright, was only 16 when she was murdered.

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Sexual assault trauma can be combatted with apology

An apology to sexual assault survivors can help them heal, experts say.
 
Receiving an apology from their attacker that acknowledges responsibility and remorse for the assault can help to combat the effects of the trauma, said Dr. Suvercha Pasricha, lead psychiatrist at the women’s inpatient service at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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Ellen Campbell devotes her time to abuse prevention

Evan Przesiecki
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Ellen Campbell tirelessly devotes her days to abuse prevention across the nation as the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

Her work with the leading organization has supported the lives of over 200, 000 children, women and men who have suffered from abuse. In 2014, she was appointed to the Order of Ontario for her efforts. It was a life she once never expected to have, being a victim of childhood abuse herself.

“I was suicidal. All my trauma had never been dealt with,” she recalls of her days before creating the CCAA. “It all came up to the surface and was too much to deal with.”

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Post-incident support networks tested in Ottawa

Elise von Scheel
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Post-incident support networks are being tested in an Ottawa neighbourhood in order to combat the effects of crime and trauma on communities.
 
A 2016 report by Crime Prevention Ottawa showed that when neighbourhoods experience high levels of trauma, it often tears the community apart.
 
In response, the City of Ottawa has launched a pilot project in the Overbrook area to test the Post-Incident Neighbourhood Support Framework – a place where victims can go for help. 
 

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Raising the voices of victims and survivors of crime

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre presents June 2 survivors' event at Peterborough's Market Hall to coincide with sexual consent conference.

Presented under the sub-title “Building Community for Victims and Survivors of Crime”, it includes a reading from 4th Line Theatre of Judith Thompson’s new play Who Killed Snow White?, a talk from former longtime OPP criminal profiler and author Kate Lines, and a panel presentation and discussion.

The Sexual Consent Conference begins on Thursday morning, with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by a welcoming ceremony at 9 a.m. Canada’s first academic and community-based research conference on sexual consent, it’s co-hosted by KSAC and conference chair Dr. Terry Humphreys, a Trent University psychology professor and researcher of sexual consent issues. The conference agenda and more is available at www.sexualconsentconference.com.

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2016 VJN Webinar: Supporting Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking

Recorded on May 30, 2016 - In support of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week from May 29 to June 4 2016, this webinar examines how to support victims and survivors of Human Trafficking in Canada. The presenters for this webinar were Rosalind Currie, the Director of British Columbia's Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General; and Michèle Anderson, Covenant House, Toronto Human Trafficking Advocate.

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Human trafficking victim forced into sexual acts

Courtney Edgar
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A human trafficking victim who was only 17 years old when a man posted nude photos of her online to force her into sexual acts with more than 100 men would get beat up if she didn’t hand over all of the money she made.

"He's not a human being. He's an animal," the girl told police in an interview played in court during the trial of Jamie Byron. He was sentenced in 2014 to six years in prison in what it believed to be the first human trafficking of a minor conviction in Canada.

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U of W researcher creating tool to identify human trafficking victims

A University of Windsor researcher is developing a standardized assessment tool to identify survivors or potential human trafficking victims for frontline workers.

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Reading from Judith Thompson’s new play “Who Killed Snow White?” followed by panel discussion – June 2, 2016 Peterborough Ontario

On June 2, 2016 in Peterborough Ontario, 4th Line Theatre presents a reading from Judith Thompson's new play "Who Killed Snow White" followed by a panel presentation and discussion with former OPP Criminal Profiler Kate Lines, author of Crime Seen and Priscilla de Villiers from the Victim Justice Network.

 

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Centre to help child witnesses opens in Waterloo

Alana Thoman 
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A new centre in the Waterloo Region to support children who are victims or witnesses to abuse will ensure they only have to recount their story once to help prevent them from being re-victimized.

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