Shakti Society and Battered Women Support Services have partnered to present a forum on Sexual Violence. We have been in an ongoing struggle to address gender violence which is an epidemic in Canada and all over the world. The recent atrocities in India have brought together more women and men with the goal to put an end to this gender violence. Through this event we will strengthen our conversations to involve the community at large to address the issue of sexual violence here in Canada. In this forum, we aim to strengthen an open dialogue to encourage the community to talk about the impact of gender violence on each one of us and discuss strategies for change.

Please join us to engage in a meaningful dialogue to explore how you want to create safer communities.


1 pm Opening

Brandy Kane, Manager of Aboriginal Women’s Program, Battered Women’s Support Services

1:10 pm. – 1:50 pm Panel presentations

Moderator: Sonia Andhi


Helen Griffiths, Provincial Nurse Coordinator, BC Women’s Sexual Assault Service

Caring for sexual assault survivors

Harpreet Singh, Journalist

Media literacy, the role of media in creating awareness and shaping social response

Dr.Nazia Niazi, Family physician

The medical and physical reality of sexual assault

Sgt. Richard Rabinovich, Vancouver Police Department Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Special Investigation Section

Justice System in Sex Crimes & Child Abuse Cases

1:50 pm – 2 pm Coffee break

2 pm – 3: 45 pm Small group discussions on dynamics of sexual violence

3:45 pm – 4 pm Wrap-up

The forum will be held at Bollywood Banquet Hall: #201 8166 128 Street Surrey BC on January 20, 2013 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration required. Call Anu at 604-551-3287.