Government axes $1M funding boost for rape crisis centres

The province has axed an additional $1 million in funding for the province’s 42 rape crisis centres, which are now warning that supports for survivors will have to be cut while wait lists for services will grow.

The news is particularly galling, arriving just before International Women’s Day on Sunday, said Nicole Pietsch of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres.

The funding change “isn’t a reflection of where we are societally” nor does it “acknowledge the prevalence of sexual assault,” Pietsch told the Star.

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