National Justice Network Update

May 2011

Volume 18, Issue 5

SNAPSHOTS

"DON'T BE THAT GUY" CAMPAIGN UNVEILED IN OTTAWA

As part of activities to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence against Women unveiled a new campaign targeting young men and women at the Building Prevention: Sexual Violence, Youth and Drinking conference on Thursday, May 19, 2011. The "Don't Be That Guy" campaign is a collection of thought-provoking posters that will be distributed to local Ottawa-area bars and places that young people frequent. The posters are designed to raise awareness among young people about drinking and sexual violence.

SAY NO – UNiTE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN RELEASES NEW WEBSITE

"My 'UNiTE to End Violence against Women' campaign sparked a global movement to address this pandemic. The social mobilization platform 'Say NO - UNiTE' carries this movement forward by raising awareness and striving to inspire people to work for a world free of violence against women and girls. Together, we can reach this goal, which will benefit individuals and societies, creating a better future for all."

— Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign has released a new interactive website that allows individuals worldwide to post actions and initiatives taking place within their communities. The initiative has been put in place to build momentum and engage a global audience by sharing news, alerts and tools concerning ending Violence against Women. Visit www.saynotoviolence.org for more information on how to get involved.

THE WALK – OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL

In association with PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans) will be presenting "The Walk" at Moon dog Theatre in Ottawa. "The Walk" is the story of three wildly incompatible individuals, a socially active nun, a neurotic writer and an out of work film director, struggling to write a play about the trafficking of women. From the groups meetings and writings haunting stories of trafficked women emerge. "The Walk" will run from June 16th – June 25th at the Moon Dog Theatre. More information can be located at, http://www.moondogtheatre.com.

NOVA SCOTIA MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF MISSING WOMAN

The RCMP have charged 31-year-old James Leroy Leopold of Greenville, N.S., with second-degree murder of 47-year old Laura Lee Robertson.

Ms. Robertson had been missing since April 14, when she failed to show up for work and did not contact family. The police have not stated whether her body has been found.

The 47-year-old woman's keys and purse were still in her Liverpool apartment when she disappeared. The RCMP are still in the preliminary stages of their homicide investigation.

The CRCVC is deeply saddened for Laura’s family. This case is yet another example of violence against women having deadly consequences in Canada and it is unacceptable.