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Media Advisory

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 and
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 the
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.

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For interview or further comment: Lee Lakeman, 604-876-2622

To arrange media access at the Hilton and Wosk Centre: Suzanne Jay, 604-872-8212




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