Liberal Sexual Assault Strategy Failing Nova Scotians

August 30, 2018 at 11:47 am

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PC Health critic Eddie Orrell says Health Minister Randy Delorey must act immediately so that no other victims of sexual assault are turned away from a Nova Scotia hospital.

Yesterday, a 22-year-old woman reported being turned away from Colchester East Hants Health Centre after she told staff there she had been sexually assaulted. She said two pamphlets were made available and it was the only assistance she received.

“This young woman’s story is infuriating and horrific,” Orrell said. “Our system is so broken that even a victim of sexual assault is sent out of a hospital without receiving care. If this doesn’t convince the McNeil government that there is a crisis in healthcare, I don’t know what will.”

Orrell says victims of sexual assault should be treated with care and compassion, not with cruel disregard as the Truro woman reported.

“I’m calling on the minister to take strong and immediate action,” said Orrell. “He must send a strong signal, today, that victims of crime will be treated appropriately when they seek medical attention.”

In March 2015, a Pictou County woman was forced to wait three days without showering or changing clothes before she could get a rape kit.

The last McNeil Liberal budget cut funding to organizations that offered therapy to survivors of sexual assault.  Advocates said the funding decision means women in some areas of the province won’t receive the help they need.

“It’s time this government gets serious about providing services to survivors of sexual assault,” Orrell concluded. “The results of their inaction are disheartening.”