Sex-as­sault strat­egy needed

Toronto Star - - AMERICA VOTES -

Re TTC must fight as­sault, Ed­i­to­rial Nov. 1 If the num­ber of sex­ual as­saults on the TTC is to be more ef­fec­tively ad­dressed and pre­vented, a much-needed and long-awaited strat­egy to fight and pre­vent sex­ual vi­o­lence re­cently an­nounced by the Que­bec govern­ment should be given im­me­di­ate con­sid­er­a­tion by Toronto city coun­cil and the po­lice ser­vice.

Some 50 mea­sures in­clud­ing aware­ness cam­paigns, in­creased train­ing for po­lice per­son­nel who work with vic­tims, the es­tab­lish­ment of a po­lice unit spe­cial­iz­ing in sex­ual crimes and video­con­fer­enc­ing tools to as­sist vic­tims to keep in con­tact with the author­i­ties are fore­most in the method­ol­ogy to deal with sex­ual crimes. Bruce H. Bryer, Toronto

As a stu­dent and woman who uses the TTC quite of­ten, it sad­dens me that these in­ci­dents are still oc­cur­ring in the 21st cen­tury, de­spite all the ef­forts to com­bat them. The statis­tics in this ar­ti­cle should serve as a wake-up call for us to take a greater step in cre­at­ing more aware­ness of these crimes.

Us­ing the pub­lic tran­sit sys­tem is nec­es­sary for a ma­jor­ity of Cana­di­ans and it is our right that we feel safe when do­ing so. There must be change and fast. Yodika Singh, Ajax

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