May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Our government has clearly stated its intolerance for sexual violence, and it is our duty to educate the public about this very important issue.

Across the province, there are many agencies, such as the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre, that offer quality education and awareness programs. The Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre has a 24-hour crisis hotline and is responsible for implementing the Provincial Strategy on Sexual Assault Services.

The Women’s Equality Branch is proud to support initiatives that provide women and children with much-needed services, including domestic violence outreach, programs for children exposed to violence and second stage housing.

The Women’s Equality Branch is also supporting the Community Action Fund, the Cybersafe Girl Initiative, the Provincial Strategy on Sexual Assault Services and the Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Wabanaki Women in New Brunswick.

Our government continues to rally support and mobilize New Brunswickers on this issue. New Brunswick must be a place where everyone can feel safe.

This month, we encourage the public to reflect on sexual assault awareness and prevention measures. Eliminating sexual violence is everyone’s responsibility. Together, we can change attitudes and let everyone know, sexual violence will not be tolerated.