Mr. Speaker, Canada and the world are marking the 16 days of activism against gender violence.
We know that women and girls are more likely than men to experience violence and assault in intimate and family relationships. Over 80% of sexual assault victims are women or girls. Dating violence is a growing problem.
Education and awareness are critical tools. Women and girls should always be aware of their surroundings and be prepared to call for help from families, friends or other support options in the community. They should know about their personal rights and their personal boundaries. This campaign is also an important time to remind men and boys of their role in the solution.
During these 16 days of activism, we can each do our part in preventing violence against women and girls in all its forms.