Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. In a 2009 Canadian national survey, women reported 460,000 incidents of sexual assault in just one year, yet only about 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to police.
Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence – that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada – and since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.
Help Elizabeth shine the light on violence against women! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.
201 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.
Your petitioners call on the House of Commons to recognize that violence against women remains a critical problem in Canada, and disproportionately impacts indigenous women, as reflected in the crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginal women; that striving for pay equity and equal participation for women in leadership roles must be political priorities for all Members of Parliament; and that shifting cultural attitudes towards women and gender minorities in our society requires structural changes to our processes of education and socialization.