Instead of working to make the First United shelter safe for women, segregating predators, or creating women-only spaces, Reverend Ric Matthews blames the victims:

“Some women put themselves at risk because of the way they dress or undress or move around the building, they draw attention to themselves.” – Reverend Ric Matthews on the sexual assaults at First United Church Shelter in the Downtown Eastside (source: The Province)

The coalition of DTES women’s groups continue to advocate for solutions that increase  safety for women.