Sexual Assault is a Union Issue Too

One in three Canadian women will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. This number drastically increases for women living with disabilities, queer and trans communities as well as for Black and Indigenous people of color. With only 33 of every 1,000 cases reported to police, sexual assault is one of the most under-reported violent crimes in the country carrying a non-conviction rate of 99.7%.

Communities impacted by sexual violence often face stigma for speaking out about experiences of violence and abuse.

Women are more than three times as likely as men to report experiencing unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. People impacted by sexual violence in the workplace also struggle to access accommodations such as leave, mental wellness services and supports within the workplace.

Sexual assault is a union issue. We cannot build a strong labour movement without supporting members targeted by violence and abuse. Standing up for workers rights means standing up for communities and survivors impacted by sexual violence through collective bargaining, ongoing education and awareness, as well as support in union spaces.

To learn more about how you can get involved please join us at the Sexual Violence Forum taking place on Wednesday night from 7pm to 8pm at the Toronto Sheraton Centre

If you are in need of immediate assistance regarding an instance of sexual assault or sexual violence in your local or other CUPE spaces please reach out to CUPE Ontario staff for support and resources