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The Manitoba government is raising awareness of the serious issue of sexual violence in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for status of women, announced today.

“As sexual violence continues to dominate our news headlines, it’s clear we still have a long way to go to make this world a more respectful place,” said Squires.  “Sexual Assault Awareness Month aims to raise awareness, spark discussion about consent, encourage allies to come forward and create safer working environments.  Sexual harassment in the workplace remains far too common and we know embarrassment or fear of reprisal prevents many survivors from coming forward.”

The province has launched a new online resource.  You Have Options:  Help After Sexual Assault offers information on how to recognize sexual assault, understand the criminal justice system, explore options to make a report and find counselling, support and healing.  The guide is available at www.gov.mb.ca/youarenotalone.

“All Manitobans need to be better informed about sexual violence and how to best support survivors,” said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson.  “We will continue to work with front-line staff as well as community partners to ensure information is available and people receive the support they need.”

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