Thanks to the courage of women and men around the world who have bravely shared their stories, the conversation around sexual abuse, assault and harassment has reached a critical mass. Now how do we prevent it from happening? Here at home, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has been a true trailblazer on the issue. In March of this year, Wynne unveiled It’s Never Okay, a $41-million action plan to raise awareness about sexual violence, and make moves to thwart it — at home, at work and in public. The project extends to schools, too: universities will soon be required to update their sexual-assault policies every four years, and a new health and physical-education curriculum that covers the topic of consent will be rolled out in Ontario elementary and secondary schools this fall.
To coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month — and the halfway mark of Project97 — the Project97 team is hosting a live Twitter chat with Wynne this Thursday, May 21 from 3–4 p.m. EST to discuss strategies to stop sexual assault. We want to hear from you! Be sure to tweet your questions to @the97project and chime in using the hashtag #Project97.
Project97 is a year-long conversation about sexual assault, abuse and harassment. Visit Project97.ca for more details on this collaborative project by Rogers-owned media outlets, and join us on Twitter with the hashtag #Project97.