The NDP is calling on the Saskatchewan government to set up a provincial sexual assault strategy.
Opposition critic Nicole Sarauer says Saskatchewan has the second highest per capita rate of reported sexual violence in Canada.
“And we know this isn’t the full picture,” said Sarauer. “Sexual assaults remain the most under reported violent crime in Canada, with as little as 5 per cent of incidents being reported to police.”
Justice minister Don Morgan says new legislation has been approved to support victims of violence, including allowance to break a residential lease and free legal advice.
“We’ve also arranged to allow for 10 unpaid days for victims in violence. We’re doing consultation now on Claire’s Law so police can disclose potentially dangerous information about previous violent or abusive behaviour.”
NDP: North Battleford facing suicide crisis
The NDP says North Battleford is facing a suicide crisis and more provincial support must be forthcoming.
Deputy leader Carla Beck says three young people committed suicide in January in North Battleford, and two more have taken their lives since then.
“The community has developed an action plan in response to the rash of suicides and they’re beginning to see positive changes,” stated Beck. “Living Skies School Division is calling for help from the province to help build on the progress, and to better support kids dealing with mental health concerns, and the suicide crisis and their community.”
Education minister Gordon Wyant says mental health supports have increased in North Battleford schools.