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Addressing “Unfounded” Cases of Sexual Assault – 2017

  • RESET

Category:

LEGISLATION

Sub-Category:

Sub-Category: GENERAL

Resolution Number:

600.10.169

Club:

North Toronto

Province:

Ontario

Year:

2017

Status:

Open

Background:

Comments:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Canada urges the Government of Canada, and the Minister of Public Safety to direct the RCMP and all Canadian Law Enforcement to review and investigate sexual assault and violence cases that the RCMP and all Canadian Law Enforcement categorized as unfounded between 2010 and 2015; FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Canada urges the Government of Canada, and the Minister of Public Safety to direct the RCMP and all Canadian Law Enforcement to develop a methodology that defines the status of sexual assault and violence case investigations such as to refine the categories of closure regarding complainant’s investigation to be accurately based on objective review of facts in lieu of opinions; such that the language of categories exclude the word ‘unfounded’ or other general terms that may reflect divisive, prejudged, or dismissive opinions towards the complainant in lieu of evidence based investigation;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Canada urges the Government of Canada, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development that, in addition to other data about sexual assault and violence cases in Canada, to direct Statistics Canada to collect and release data annually from the RCMP and all Canadian Law Enforcement, of sexual assault and violence cases that are categorized as unfounded based on objective review of facts;
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the BPW Canada urges the Government of Canada, and the Minister of Public Safety following an objective review of the findings from data collected related to “unfounded” cases to direct the creation and funding of a task force that this data be used by policy makers to direct resources to implement a national strategy to reduce the barrier to justice of inappropriate closure of sexual violence case investigations, by the use of means including external audits of RCMP and all Canadian Law Enforcement case records.

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Article ID: 13020