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Dismantling the Barriers to Reporting Sexual Assault

We know that reporting a sexual assault can bring additional trauma to the survivor. That's why we're working to remove the barriers many survivors face when to comes to reporting.

The "Dismantling the Barriers" project aims to identify strategies to reduce obstacles in the justice system for sexual assault survivors through dialogue among key stakeholders – including frontline anti-violence activists and service providers, police, former Crown, retired judges, academics and defense counsel.

If you: 

  • Have experienced sexual assault in BC within the last seven years (since 2010)
  • Are 19 years of age or older at the time of the assault
  • Not currently involved in a matter with the police or before the courts
  • Identifying as a woman at the time of the assault

We invite you to participate in a project that will identify issues women face when deciding whether to report sexual assault and help improve criminal justice system responses to sexual assault. 

The project will look at how the justice system can better support victims of sexual assault while also respecting the constitutional and human rights of accused persons.

We can support your participation in the project by offering reimbursement for public transit. Child care, language interpretation and peer counseling are available at no cost during your participation. 

Deadline is January 25.

You can learn more about the project or set up an interview by contacting Keely, Nina and Yasmine  at dismantlingthebarriers@ywcavan.org | 604 216 1672


The YWCA's Dismantling the Barriers project is supported by Status of Women Canada and in partnership with West Coast LEAF.