New sexual violence alert system launched in Toronto

Toronto, December 11 (CINEWS): Recent Statistics Canada data shows that self-reported victimization has decreased for all crimes except sexual assault. Sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, harassment, and rape, continues to be a major concern. On Thursday December 10, METRAC (a non-profit organization that works to end violence against youth and women) officially unveiled the Safety Information System (SIS) at City Hall. It is awoman-smartphone new system to notify Torontonians about sexual violence-related incidents, news, initiatives, services, and resources.
SIS’s genesis dates back to 2012 when multiple sexual assaults were reported in Kensington Market, Annex, and Christie-Ossington neighbourhoods. Community members and police officers met with METRAC and shared a need for more community involvement in safety alerts. Now people across all Toronto neighbourhoods will be able to receive alerts and prevention tools right to their phones and inboxes through text, email, social media, app, and voice message. They will also be able to share their own ideas for creative, empowering, and informative anti-violence messages to go out through the system.
Wendy Komiotis, Executive Director of METRAC, said, “The development of the #webelieveyou and #beenrapedneverreported campaigns are examples of how technology can build awareness and break silence about sexual violence in particular. SIS is one of many great efforts across Canada and the world to prevent violence.” The SIS Project is funded by the City of Toronto and supported by Toronto Police Services. For more information and to subscribe to the system, visit www.metrac.org/sisto.

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