Premier of Nova Scotia, Darrell Dexter: Provide Emergency funding to Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.
1. Provide Emergency funding for counselors, advocates and community prevention specialists to meet the tidal wave of requests for help that Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is receiving right now. Core funding to meet ongoing service demands since Avalon has been underfunded, with lengthy wait-lists, and an inability to respond to many requests for education, over a number of years. 2. To commitment to follow through on the recommendations for comprehensive sexual assault services for every part of this province as a result of the 2008 Suffering in Silence Needs Assessment for a Comprehensive Response to Sexual Assault in Nova Scotia. These come straight from survivors and professionals from every region: please have a transparent, strategic response based on all the information you have been provided over the years. Mr. Premier, I am asking you to work transparently and supportively with Avalon and the other community based women’s organizations across this province trying to help survivors and educating the people of Nova Scotia, and youth in particular, in a proactive way to ensure a societal change in thinking around this difficult issue.
Prior to the tragic suicide death of Rehtaeh Parson's Avalon Centre did not have adequate resources to respond to the demand for counselling and educational services. Since this tragedy Avalon Centre has been overwhelmed with requests for help. People are in crisis and need our help and we need the governments help.