Throughout my career, I have worn many hats—from professor to NATO official, all the way to Justice of the Peace for the Ontario Court of Justice. Currently, via the various opportunities that are given to me, I am intent on raising awareness and creating change in the following areas:
- Housing for victims of sexual aggression
In Canada, it is difficult to protect the safety of female victims of sexual aggression. The way our current system works is problematic as victimized women are not classified as being in a “dangerous environment” once they are no longer living with their respective aggressors. That co-habitation factor used as the sole benchmark for danger in these situations is reductive and troubling. Frequently those women who leave dangerous dwellings to escape perilous circumstances (be they human trafficking environments or prostitution networks) find themselves in equally hazardous conditions. For want of long-term safer options, these women repeatedly end up on the streets or in shelters—surroundings that are hardly less dangerous than the dismal situations they escaped. One of my goals is to assist in creating smarter and safer housing options for victims of sexual aggression so that they have a better haven to go to once they extricate themselves from abusive circumstances.
- Age of sexual aggression victims
Research has shown that the average age of women seeking assistance for sexual aggression has decreased in recent years. 15 years ago, the average age for female victims of sexual aggression was 50. Today, the average age is 35. I would like to get more detailed reports about these averages and why they are changing—as well as use these key insights to provide more effective services for victims of sex-related aggression.
- Rape culture on college campuses
Following a series of highly-publicized cases of sexual assault and other sexual aggressions on a college campus, many politicians, members of the media, and private citizens alike suggested that it was time for attitudes to change. The behaviors and dispositions that perpetuate rape culture – particularly in highly sexually active environments like college campuses – cannot be replaced or eliminated overnight. Eventually new habits can nevertheless be instilled. I am looking for a chance to work on best practices so rape culture (on college campuses and in general) can gradually be eradicated. I believe that collaboration with men in view is the best way to transmit the message that a culture of consent needs to replace our reprehensible habit of sexual aggression and rape.
- Sexual cyberaggression
The problems that our nation (and many other nations) face in regards to sexual aggression and rape culture do not occur in a vacuum. On the contrary, many factors have contributed to this dangerous and inherently unequal culture. One major problem is sexually motivated cyberaggression. Studies have shown that two out of every three girls are aggressed on cyberspace. These aggressions go beyond simple cyberbullying and create a self-perpetuating rape system whereby women are marginalized and abused.
- French services in the Ottawa area
Canada has a vibrant Francophone culture, yet many French-speaking citizens in Ottawa—women especially—still have difficulty finding services offered in their French idiom. One of my goals is to work on increasing the access to French-speaking services in hospitals and other essential service-oriented public institutions in our National Capital Area.
- The below represent my special essential projects (leading to the hopeful actualization of a caring Canadian Society):
- a) Creating Emergency Housing for Domestic Abuse Victims;
- b) Improving the Conditions of Women in Ontario (Canadian?) prisons;
- c) Ensuring Judges’ Judicial Impartiality vs. political considerations in Canada’s courts;
- d) Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Humanitarian Workers of rescued Victims of War and Violence;
- e) Establishing a landline exclusively dedicated to inmates who feel completely isolated in their respective prison environments;
- f) Creating more palliative beds in hospitals across our Canada;
- g) Newly-arrived to Canada refugee women’s domestic violence issues;
- h) Immigration status and domestic violence in Canada;
- i) Honour killings in Canada;
- j) Domestic Abuse against new Canadian immigrant & refugee women;
- k) Violence against Women With Disabilities;
- l) Violence against Young Women & Girls With Disabilities;
- m) New Immigrant Children’s Rights;
- n) Canada’s Stance on Abortion;
- o) Last but certainly NOT LEAST: the Canadian Legislation on Medical Assistance in dying legislation.