In late March 2017, a video titled “The Case of the Disappearing Woman” was posted on the internet.
In it, a woman named Mary Jane O’Brien was interviewed by a CBC reporter about her experience with sexual assault.
The video quickly went viral, receiving over 200,000 views on YouTube.
In response, the CBC sent out a press release titled “CBC is a great place to hear from survivors of sexual assault,” and a “statement from the CBC’s executive director, Mary Jane Lappé.”
The statement stated that the organization “is committed to providing an honest, fair and complete account of this important story,” and that the video “is the only video that has been widely shared and discussed within the organization.”
It went on to say that “the CBC is the only place on the planet where we have a culture that acknowledges and works to prevent sexual assault and harassment.
The CBC has an extensive training and support system to ensure that we take a strong stand against these acts.”
According to the CBC, “we will continue to do all we can to support those affected by these types of crimes.”
The CBC’s statement continued: “We stand with Mary Jane and her family in this challenging time.
We are committed to working with her and the other survivors of these crimes to create an inclusive culture for survivors of violence, abuse and harassment, as well as for their families.”
In the same week, CBC News released a statement stating that “while there is a significant amount of research on the prevalence of violence against women in Canada, we have not yet seen an accurate account of the scope of this problem in Alberta.
Our efforts are focused on helping to understand what is happening in our province and to improve our response.”
In response to the controversy surrounding the video, CBC CEO Jian Ghomeshi issued a statement that read in part, “There is a very real risk that if there is no evidence of the scale of this crime, then it is very difficult to say with any confidence that this is not a problem.
It is certainly an issue that we have to take very seriously and we will continue with our investigation and our efforts.”
The response from the Canadian public and media was swift and strong.
The number of comments on the CBC website surged from around 6,000 on March 20, 2017, to over 11,000 comments in the first 24 hours of April 2.
The public response has been overwhelming, with many people taking to social media to share their own stories of assault, harassment, and assault survivors.
While there are no official statistics on the number of sexual assaults that take place in Canada each year, one study conducted in 2014 estimated that one in four women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime.
This includes both the sexual assault of a stranger and of an acquaintance.
According to a 2015 study conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the prevalence rates for women are among the highest in the world.
The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) report states that “Sexual assaults and other types of intimate partner violence (IPV) represent one of the highest risk factors for female suicide, and it is estimated that there are over 500,000 women in this country who have experienced intimate partner abuse.”
In 2016, the government of Alberta announced a $2 million grant to the Women’s Aid Society of Canada to support sexual assault survivors and their families.
In April 2017, the province announced that it was also giving $2.6 million to the Alberta Centre for Rape Crisis, a charity dedicated to assisting women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence.
A year later, on May 7, 2018, the Alberta government announced a further $2 billion grant to support victims of domestic violence.
In October 2018, Canada signed a $1 billion deal with the United Nations to fund a $10 billion settlement to compensate victims of violence in the Canadian economy.
On November 5, 2018 and November 7, 2020, the Canadian government announced $10 million grants for women’s aid organizations.
On December 2, 2018 the federal government announced it was committing $1.5 billion to the Victims of Crime Relief Fund (VCRF).
On December 8, 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new $1 million grant for the Women and Girls’ Fund.
On January 11, 2019, the federal Liberal government announced the $1-million Victims of Sexual Assault Relief Fund.
In June 2019, Canada announced the launch of the Women in Need Fund, which aims to fund the first-ever national national sexual assault awareness campaign.
On August 2, 2019 the Trudeau government announced that $1,500 was being donated to the Canadian Victims of Domestic Violence Fund (CVDF).
In December 2020, Canada committed to a $500-million program to provide counselling and support services to survivors of domestic abuse.
On April 25, 2020 the federal and provincial governments announced that the Victims’ Fund for Women and girls would