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Statement on Recent Reporting on Sexual Violence in Federal Prisons Designated for Women


Today, the Globe and Mail published an article exposing Correctional Services Canada (CSC) for their failure to collect data reporting sexual violence perpetrated by staff against prisoners in Canadian federal prisons designated for women. 

Through our decades of advocacy work monitoring conditions of confinement in Canadian federal prisons designated for women, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) has observed considerable indifference on behalf of CSC with respect to prisoners’ experiences of sexual violence from CSC staff. CAEFS has consistently noted that CSC has failed to create an environment that is supportive for survivors or conducive to the reporting instances of sexual violence from staff. 

A screenshot of a statement by CAEFS regarding sexual violence in federal prisons for women.