First Week Of June Declared Sexual Harassment Awareness Week



    McGuinty Government Acting To Prevent Violence Against Women

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 1 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is declaring the
first week of June as Sexual Harassment Awareness Week to increase awareness
of sexual harassment and to honour the memories of all women who have been
victimized.
    "Sexual harassment in our society must not be tolerated," said Minister
Responsible for Women's Issues Sandra Pupatello. "With the declaration of this
week, let's all dedicate ourselves to preventing sexual harassment in all
areas of Ontarians' lives."
    The government is spending over $190 million annually on preventing
violence against women and providing supports when violence does occur. This
includes more than $82 million in new funding committed under the four-year
Domestic Violence Action Plan, which is providing better community-based
supports, implementing public education and training strategies, strengthening
Ontario's criminal and family justice systems response, and providing better
access to French-language services.
    This is just one more example of how the McGuinty government and
communities have worked together to achieve results in preventing violence
against women, including:

    
    -   Launching the Equality Rules public education campaign, which teaches
        youth ages eight to 14 about healthy, equal and respectful
        relationships to help break the cycle of violence before it starts.
        For more information, visit www.equalityrules.ca

    -   Investing in the Neighbours, Friends and Families public education
        campaign, which provides information to help individuals recognize
        the signs of abuse and know what action to take. Public service
        announcements, a website (www.neighboursfriendsandfamilies.on.ca),
        brochures, a poster and wallet cards are available as part of the
        education campaign.

    "By working together, we can create a better and safer future for women
across the province," said Pupatello. "Women have the right to live free from
the fear of violence."

    Disponible en français

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For further information:

For further information: Phil DeMont, Minister's Office, (416) 325-6706;
Donna Piasentini, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7012

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