The NDP questioned the government on their plans for increasing supports for sexual assault centres in the province during Thursday’s Question Period.
NDP Justice, Corrections and Policing Critic Nicole Sarauer says it’s not just a lack of funding and supports for survivors that’s holding the province back, it’s the total lack for a plan to address sexual assault.
In response, Minister of Advanced Education, Tina Beaudry-Mellor says the province is building a coordinated sexual assault strategy with the Status of Women office and that the Sask. Party acknowledges that there is still work to be done on the issue.
The number of police reported sexual assaults increased by 30 per cent in Saskatoon between 2013-2017, in Regina the increase was 26 per cent.