In recognition of Woman Abuse Prevention Month

I rise today on behalf of the Liberal caucus to recognize and to tribute Woman Abuse Prevention Month. The month of November is a time for us to reflect on our societal responsibilities. We need to ensure that our boys grow up to be caring men who understand that there is absolutely no situation where abuse is okay. As men, we have the responsibility to help ensure that the women in our lives have a safe environment. As legislators, we need to ensure that the resources are there for those who need them.

In the last week there has been a high-profile case of violence in the Canadian media. If anything positive has come from this, it has at least shone a light on the prejudices that are too many — even in the media.

We need to do a better job of creating an environment and a society where women can speak out, a society where hashtags like “#BeenRapedNeverReported” do not exist.

There are a couple of notable events that will be taking place this month. The White Ribbon Yukon has scheduled their pre-campaign meet and greet for November 15, and the 12 Days to End Violence Against Women campaign will begin on November 25, culminating on December 6 with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

I just want to do a shout out for the women’s shelter up in Dawson City, which is also putting on the 12 Days to End Violence Against Women campaign. They will also be doing a variety of public awareness events.