Government of Canada supports sexual assault survivors in New Brunswick



    FREDERICTON, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Women in New Brunswick will now have
the tools they need to recover and heal from the devastating effects of sexual
assault and dating violence, thanks to an investment from the Government of
Canada.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages, Mike Allen, M.P. (Tobique-Mactaquac)
today announced funding to the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre for
its project entitled Branching Out: Development and Evaluation of Innovative
Service Delivery Models in New Brunswick Communities, which will benefit women
across the province who are survivors of sexual assault.
    The Centre will receive $345,000 in funding under the Women's Community
Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. This Fund supports
eligible organizations in carrying out projects at the local, regional and
national level. To qualify, the initiatives must work toward the equality and
full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of
Canada.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to encourage and support new and
innovative grassroots models of service delivery for survivors of sexual
assault and dating violence in New Brunswick communities," said Minister
Verner. "The value of community in empowering women is at the very heart of
the Women's Community Fund, and this initiative reflects that."
    "The work of organizations like the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis
Centre is in keeping with our Government's commitment to support Canadian
women facing challenges directly in their community," said Mr. Allen. "By
working together, we are making a difference for women and girls in Canada."
    "Sexual violence has a devastating effect on survivors, their families
and the community," said Ms. Lorraine Whalley, Executive Director of the
Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. "Our project will fill a real gap,
testing and developing new approaches that will reach out to women and girls
survivors throughout New Brunswick."
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an
Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and
social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of
Canada

    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.
    This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada website:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and
Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839


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