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Trudeau promises action on violence against women after disturbing new report

Last Updated Feb 6, 2017 at 11:53 am PST

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Recent report finds 20 per cent of sex assault reports in Canada are deemed 'unfounded'

Trudeau asked by students how his government will handle surprising stats about sexual violence against women

OTTAWA, ON. (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more needs to be done to combat violence against women, after a new report sheds a disturbing light on how many sexual assault cases in our country are dismissed by police.

While speaking to university students in Ottawa, Trudeau was asked about sexual assaults on campus. In his answer he mentioned a recent Globe and Mail investigative report which finds, one-in-five sexual assaults reported to police are dismissed as unfounded.

He says he has tasked his new minister, in charge of the Status of Women portfolio, to address the issue. “Sexual violence and sexual assault is still far too prevalent. We will work forward in meaningful ways to reduce violence against women, not just on university campuses, but throughout our country.”

Trudeau adds it’s a complex problem that needs to be addressed in a variety of ways, from workplace customs, to cultural education to fixing the patriarchy in our systems. “There is no one thing we can do that’s going to flip the switch on this, that there are so many factors that go into violence against women.”

He didn’t specifically mention what to do about the apparent policing problem when it comes to reported sexual assaults.