One hundred anti-rape activists
from across Canada
initiating dialogue on key rape issues
(VANCOUVER) Women representing member centres of the pan-Canadian
Association of Sexual Assault Centres (CASAC) will gather in Vancouver
to focus on the rape issues of our day: the current cases of
abuse of women by men, unaccountable police practices, the economics
of the promotion of prostitution, the impoverishment of the women
that makes them subject to violence, the life threatening targeting
disappearance of aboriginal women, the women trafficked into Canada
in the last 10 years, and the United Nations criticism of the Canadian
government's abdication of responsibility to assist women against
violence we experience.
On Wednesday April 27, 2005, 9 am-6 pm, fifty feminist allies,
including prostitutes groups, aboriginal women's groups, academics
and legal experts, will join the one hundred anti-rape activists.
They will meet at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon
Fraser University, 580 West Hastings Street. The
Wosk meeting will be preceded by two days of in-camera deliberation
at the Hilton Hotel, Vancouver Metrotown.
The convention takes place during the British Columbia Prevention
of Violence Against Women Week.
For interview or further comment: Lee Lakeman,
To arrange media access at the Hilton and Wosk
Centre: Suzanne Jay, 604-872-8212
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