Women deserve to feel safe

The sexual assault of a young Langford woman and the assault and attempted robbery on of a young woman in Colwood are alarming

In light of the recent assaults on young women in the Victoria area I am writing to you to express my concern.

The sexual assault on March 3 of a young Langford woman and the assault and attempted robbery on March 13  of a young woman in Colwood are alarming.

As a young woman my initial reaction is fear. I have often feared for my own safety when walking alone at night and I feel that this is unfair.

These violent assaults of women in my neighbourhood and city make me angry. We should be able to walk around whenever and wherever we like at anytime of day. We deserve to feel safe.

This is an important issue to the criminal justice system because assault is a common offence that often goes unreported. Sexual assault is an indictable offence and is a direct violation of the Canadian Criminal Code. Victims of assault suffer great mental distress, consequently, changing their lives forever.

My thoughts and concerns go out to the victims and their families.

Alissa Jackson

 

Oak Bay