2.2 Develop and share an awareness campaign aimed at city employees. Increased engagement of men and boys as allies in ending gender-based violence and sexual assault in our community.3.1 Work with key partners to foster mentorship and peer support.Stereotypes like these can limit some expressions of gender and create risks for some populations to experience humiliation, intimidation and control or physical, verbal, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.Some populations, such as women and girls, are more at risk for gender-based violence because their identities are viewed as less valued compared to straight and masculine identities.Gender-based violence is rooted in and intensified by other forms of discrimination such as racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and poverty.These attitudes send messages that men are more important than women and gender minorities.
(Source: Status of Women Canada) Often it is inflicted by someone who believes their own gender is superior, therefore they feel it gives them a right to control and/or hurt their victim.
(Source: Las Vegas Criminal Defense) Gender-based violence is everyone’s problem and it is far too prevalent.
The statistics are sobering: one in four North American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and only six out of every 100 sex crimes are reported to the police (source: Sex Assault.ca) Though a majority of sexual assaults in Canada are committed by men against women and children, sexual violence can be experienced by anyone - people in same sex relationships, transgendered people and men.
Populations that experience high rates of gender-based violence include: Gender-based violence can include: Physical abuse: Using hands or objects as weapons with the intention of causing bodily harm.
Sexual Violence: Using threats, coercion, intimidation or physical violence to force unwanted sexual acts.