Sexual Assault is a Crime: Link Forces Against It!



    MONTREAL, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - This year, as part of the day of action
on violence against women, and to mark its 30 years of action to end sexual
assault and provide support to women, the Regroupement québécois des CALACS is
launching a poster and post card campaign.
    The Regroupement has produced six posters and post cards with slogans
like "A touch that leaves scars. Sexual assault is criminal" and "Invisible ne
veut pas dire inexistant" (Invisible doesn't mean non-existent).
    "We want to demonstrate that the taboo around sexual violence has serious
consequences, both for the victims and those close to them. A victim can be
any woman we meet, of any social or educational background, age or
ethnocultural group," says Danièle Tessier, a Regroupement spokeswoman.
    It is now estimated that one-third of women over 16 have been the victim
of at least one sexual assault in the course of their lives, and that only 10%
of the victims report the crime.
    Furthermore, the consequences of sexual assault can seriously affect
women's physical and mental health. They may experience feelings of shame and
anxiety, suffer from depression, substance or alcohol abuse, or food
disorders. Some women may even commit suicide or end up in prostitution.
    This is why the Regroupement québécois des CALACS has associated with the
Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle (CLES) to produce a
poster and post card specifically about prostitution, with the message that
prostitution is not a question of individual choice, but rather a form of
violence against women, and that it is possible to live in a world free of
prostitution.
    Both groups are also united in deploring the gaps in the response to
women's needs regarding sexual violence, particularly those of the most
vulnerable women.
    Of special concern are the situations of Aboriginal women and women with
disabilities. For them, the chances of being sexually assaulted are 2 to 3
times higher.
    Women will mark the day of action with numerous activities across Québec
the 11th of september. For the list of activities in your region, contact your
CALACS (sexual assault prevention centre). Contact information for all the
CALACS is available on our website at: www.rqcalacs.qc.ca
    
                       For interviews or information:
             http://www.rqcalacs.qc.ca/public/communique11092009
                          (press release + posters)
    




For further information:

For further information: Karine Tremblay, Regroupement québécois des
CALACS, (514) 529-5252, www.rqcalacs.qc.ca; Axelle Beniey, Concertation des
luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle, (514) 750-4535, www.lacles.org

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Regroupement québécois des Centres d'aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (RQCALACS)

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