Thank you, Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses for being here and for the good work you all do. I think all of you testified when we were looking at the bill in the past. I'm not sure if LEAF did. No, okay, but I know DAWN and you folks did.
When we looked at the bill last time, we had a Crown prosecutor testify. She was one of the most powerful witnesses I've ever heard. One of the things she said was:
I have heard the statistic that one in four women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime but, in my experience, factors of privilege, whether you're white, whether you're educated, whether you're financially independent, and whether you're male make us less likely to experience sexual assault. Ironically or not, those are all the same factors that tend to make it less likely that you'll be a judge. So, while we're expected to rely on common sense and ordinary experience, when it comes to sexual assault, most of us who work in the courtroom have no ordinary experience.
That's a direct quote. I wonder if you could speak a bit about the importance of ensuring that the training is intersectional. We had quite a robust discussion in the last iteration of the bill about the exact wording we could use that would be supported in the courts. We ended up coming up with social context. The intent of that was to ensure that the training included sexual diversity, disabled women, women of colour and women of various backgrounds. How important is that training to ensure that it also includes that social context?
I'll turn it to all of you.