December 5, 2011
The End Of Violence Against Women
National day of
remembrance for victims
Released by Health Employees Union
was 22 years ago on December 6 that our country was horrified by the worst
targeted mass murder of women in Canadian history. It's now etched in our
minds. On December 6, 1989, crazed gunman and feminist-hater Marc Lépine
entered l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, separated the women from the men
and opened fire. In less than 45 minutes, 14 young women were dead. Dozens
more were wounded.
Why? Because they were women.
Every hour of every day, women and young girls in this country experience
various forms of assault, bullying, sexual abuse and violence.
According to the Status of Women Canada, an average of 178 Canadian females
were murdered each year between 1994 and 2008. Of those violent deaths,
spousal homicide accounted for nearly one-third of them.
Marginalized women are most vulnerable. Aboriginal women are eight times
more likely to be killed by their spouses than non-Aboriginal women.
Immigrant and senior women are also more susceptible to family violence,
while teenaged girls are sexually
assaulted at a rate four times higher than boys.
And a staggering 201,614 police-reported violent crimes against Canadian
women and young girls occurred in 2009, according to Statistics Canada.
That's why on December 6, as we mark National Day of Remembrance and Action
on Violence Against Women, HEU urges British Columbians, and especially our
members, to acknowledge the women and young girls in this country who have
experienced violence, and make a commitment to help put an end to it.
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