Questioning Justice for Rape Victims

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, a judge appointed by the Conservative government just took women's rights back 20 years. He gave a convicted rapist a slap on the wrist because of what he called the victim's suggestive attire.

We know that over 90% of sexual assaults go unreported because of the lack of confidence women have in the system.

What will the Minister for Status of Women do to restore women's faith in the justice system?

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, CPC):

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, I was in Winnipeg on Thursday and I made my views very clear. This government does not feel that this kind of message is what victims need to hear. We established long ago in this country that no means no and I hope that any messages like this do not have any impact on any victims coming forward to report sexual abuse or sexual assault, in the future.