Christy Clark temporarily broke from political tradition when she openly supported a bill introduced by the opposition.
The bill, introduced by the Greens, hopes to set clear guidelines for sexual assault and misconduct at all public post-secondary institutions – a relatively hot topic as of late in B.C.
In an article in the Vancouver Sun, Christy Clark explained why.
“As I sat in my chair on the floor of the legislature, it struck me: I knew all too well why women stay silent. For over 35 years, I’ve been one of them.” Clark wrote.
The Premier of British Columbia revealed that she was spied on, groped on, and even once had a close encounter when she was a young teen living in Burnaby.
“It was a sunny day, and I was walking to work at my first job. A man suddenly jumped out, grabbed me and pulled me out of sight into a deep copse of shrubs. He didn’t say anything. I don’t even remember what he looked like.”
Clark managed to get away, but has kept the encounter a secret for 38 years.
“I want women who have never said anything about sexual violence in their lives to know they are not alone,”
“I’m not speaking out for sympathy; I don’t need it. I am speaking out because as Premier of British Columbia and B.C.’s first elected female premier, I am privileged to have a public platform.” Clark adds.
When the new bill comes in place, post-secondary institutions will have to set clear guidelines on how officials will respond to and address incidents and complaints of sexual violence involving students.
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