"A Touch of Sexual Assault,"
As part of an announcement on funding the province is providing to groups to fight sexual violence, 14-year-old Kayley Dixon read "A Touch of Sexual Assault," a powerful and troubling poem she wrote about what it's like being a teen girl today. Dixon is involved in one of the groups that received funding.
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By Nina Corfu, CBC News
Eleven community groups received grants aimed at fighting sexual violence at the Northbrook Community Centre in Dartmouth today. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)
Nova Scotia's community services minister launched the next phase of the province's sexual violence strategy Monday, announcing more than $250,000 for 11 community groups, with the goal of preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors.
Joanne Bernard said an additional $600,000 will be made available again in the fall, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years.
Since the sexual violence strategy began two years ago, the province has spent $1.25 million on community grants, provided 211 and 811 phone operators with special training, and struck an interdepartmental committee aimed at streamlining government policies related to sexual violence.
A public awareness campaign is expected to be launched this fall.
Master of ceremonies Robyn Gorman runs a program through the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre that aims to prevent violence against women and girls in North Dartmouth. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)
Bernard announced the latest grant recipients at the Northbrook Community Centre in Dartmouth on Monday.
Youth Art Connection, Youth Arts Leadership project, $22,250
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Strong and Safer Together Project, $50,000
Alex Coley and Cameron Ure, Campus Sexual Violence Prevention training, $4,954
Centre for Housing and Residence Life, Saint Mary's University, SMU Residence Consent Project, $2,500
Central Nova Women's Centre, Engaging Youth in a Violence Free Future project, $5,000
Northern AIDS Connection Society, LookOUT Photovoice project, $12,000
Music Liberatory, Women Safe and Sound project, $30,000
AIDS Coalition, Totally Outright in Nova Scotia training, $10,000
YWCA, Girls Space Zine project, $5,000, and Youth onLine Overcome Violence education, $15,000
Heartwood, Cultivating a Community Network for Working with Boys and Young Men, $50,000
Chebucto Connections, Boys Circles/Girls Circles program, $40,000