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#ISUPPORTVICTIMS initiative

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November 21, 2022

Combating, preventing and eradicating violence against women is a priority for Canada. This type of violence is a violation of human rights law and international humanitarian law, is detrimental to the physical and mental health of survivors and a barrier to development and peace.

In the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Embassy of Canada in Mexico is pleased to announce the launch of the #ISUPPORTVICTIMS initiative. This initiative will be carried out through the Workshop to Strengthen the Assistance to and Protection of Victims and Survivors of Sexual Violence, which will take place on February 8, 2023, in Los Cabos, Mexico.

This workshop seeks to strengthen the interventions of public officials and staff from the private and public tourism sector when responding to victims and survivors of sexual violence. The objective is to offer support based on a victim-centered approach, and a human rights and gender perspective.

In addition, recognizing that victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence experience trauma with physical and psychological consequences, we have developed the following document as part of this initiative.

We invite you to join this #ISUPPORTVICTIMS initiative by downloading and sharing this valuable information.

The guide Are you a victim of sexual violence? is also available for download in English, French and Spanish.

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To download the #ISUPPORTVICTIMS document in PDF format click on this link.

 

DOCUMENT TRANSCRIPT

SUPPORT TO VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

What is Sexual Violence? Sexual violence includes a range of different types of aggressions and actions such as, but not limited to, humiliation like lewd looks or words, sexual practices without consent, sexual harassment, and rape.

After an aggression, victims require support as they have experienced a trauma that includes physical and psychological consequences. In tourist destinations, some victims of sexual violence also have to deal with language barriers, different cultures, and unfamiliar laws that they are not used to in their home country.

 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE VICTIM’S FAULT AND IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Evidence is important. To avoid losing medical or physical evidence, victims should try:

Victims of sexual violence in Mexico can reach help by:

 

HAVE YOU BEEN ASKED FOR HELP IN A SITUATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE?

Believe the victim, as you could be the first person they encounter following the assault.

YOU CAN SUPPORT victims by:

Be supportive of the choices a victim makes during the process. It is extremely important for a survivor of sexual assault to make the decisions about what they want to do. This can help them regain a sense of control.

#ISUPPORTVICTIMS

Canadian citizens living or travelling in Mexico who are in need of consular assistance can contact the Embassy of Canada in Mexico at [email protected] or by calling +52 55 5724 7900 ext 379-3348, or the Emergency Watch and Response Center at [email protected] or by calling 001 613 996 8885. We have also made available a guide Are you a victim of sexual violence? To access this guide, click on the following link:  http://canadainmexico.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/SGBV-En-Digital.pdf