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2012-11-27 at 11:34

LETTER: Let’s stand together on violence against women

Hedy Fry, MPLiberal Party of Canada
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Every year on Dec. 6 Canadians wear white ribbons and observe a minute of silence to show their support for ending violence against women.

The occasion, informally known as White Ribbon Day, marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre, in which fourteen women were singled out for their gender and murdered.

While Canada has made important progress since that tragic day, we have a long way to go. In rates that are far higher than men, too many women continue to experience physical, psychological and sexual abuse.

These are no easy solutions to these complex issues, but Parliament will soon have a chance to take practical action on one part of the problem—cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is a powerful, relentless and insidious tool used by children and adults alike. There is no escape, no respite. Cyber-bullying follows you worldwide and over your lifetime, even after death, ruining careers and reputations as adults.

As one cyber-bullied young student told me: "you have no place to run, no way to hide. Everyone knows. You feel trapped and cornered forever. Your life is ruined!"

Bullying by spreading false messages, criminal harassment and defamatory libel is already covered under the Criminal Code if it is done using print, telephone, television or radio—but not on the internet.

I have a bill to correct that and extend protection to electronic media, a long overdue step. It will remove the anonymity that currently shields those who use the internet to do so by requiring disclosure from ISPs.

This plan has been endorsed by the Canadian Teachers' Federation and the Canadian Association of Police Boards.

Our children need this protection. Yet most of the Conservative Party shockingly voted against this bill at second reading. Their opposition is difficult to understand. Parliamentarians should be working together to strengthen action on bullying, not trying to stop it.

Please tell the Conservatives to vote for Bill C-273 when it comes back to the House and take a small, but important, step against the cyberbullying of our children. By doing so they will also be honouring the spirit of White Ribbon Day and helping protect women.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Hedy Fry, 
MPLiberal Party of Canada

 

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The Big Head says:
There was a little scandal just a couple of months about about child porn being passed around in the schools. Did the police file charges. No. So what did that tell the cyberbullies. It's ok to do it. They won't charge a kid. Wonderful.
11/27/2012 7:59:40 PM
Dan Dan says:
I have never supported any form of "Violence against women" campaign. These are completely sexist and imply that "violence against men/children" is not an issue to be addressed.

Change your tune to "Stop violence", and you will have my support. Until then, you are part of the problem!
11/28/2012 10:30:05 AM
tsb says:
The lack of men standing up and saying we need to end abuse towards men implies that it isn't an issue far more than this.
11/28/2012 6:06:49 PM
Baor says:
How on earth are they "part of the problem" ? What a statement.
We are born knowing not to be violent with one another and we all know how horrible child abuse can be.
Everyone knows certain names and places in Canada....highway of tears, Ecole Poly, Bernardo, Williams, Picton. Sadly, the names of dead women go forgotten by the all but their loved ones.
Women are far far more likely to be murdered by someone they know than men. That is a fact. While I am not trying to make my post about men killing women, I will say that in the twilight of 2012, men are still safer than women in this country....as a father of sons and daughters this simple, obvious fact leaves me conflicted and saddened at having to raise my children, well... Differently.
With almost 600 (!) missing Aboriginal women in Canada, (as on simple shocking example) how can the words "stop violence against women" be something normal people would call "sexist".
It is not a "tune" .. It's a plea.
12/2/2012 8:43:27 PM
Aconcernedcitizen says:
Dan Dan says I have never supported any form of "Violence against women" campaign. These are completely sexist and imply that "violence against men/children" is not an issue to be addressed.

Change your tune to "Stop violence", and you will have my support. Until then, you are part of the problem!

Dan Dan I have to agree with you, and add we should stop all forms of abuse.

What kind of person would only think of one sex at the exclusion of the other ?
11/29/2012 9:56:59 PM
Studenticity says:
I support the white ribbon campaign. Here is an excerpt from their website that may help you understand that they are not a sexist organization.

"Although ending men's violence against women is our focus, we are concerned about all forms of violence. We are deeply concerned about violence against children. We are concerned about violence among boys on the playground, in the sports arena, in relationships, and in war. And we are concerned by acts of violence by women against women or against men, although these are not as extensive nor as frequently lethal as men's violence against women.

Unlike violence by some women against men, violence committed by some men against women has long been socially acceptable and is deeply rooted in beliefs of men's superiority and of men's right to control the live of "their women"."

You may support the fight against cancer without shouting, "What about alzheimer's?!" (vice versa) Or a violence against children only group. Why not this?
11/30/2012 10:51:23 PM
razor_burn says:
I couldn't agree with Dan Dan more. What about men and children? Very selfish.
12/19/2012 3:00:11 PM
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