Very grateful that the Government of Canada has heeded our call:
“The Government will take greater steps to address gender-based violence in Canada, building on the Gender-Based Violence Strategy and working with partners to develop a National Action Plan.”
— Speech from the Throne, December 5, 2019
You repeatedly refused to respond to questions in the Leg, even though you knew the harm caused by the OSC, and your office, resulted in my hospitalization. Premier, your actions matter. Please reconsider during these 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. #onpoli
— Kathleen Finlay | 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@PatientPro1st) November 28, 2019
The Zer0Now Campaign™
Champions of zero victim harm.
We bring the experienced voice of compassion and healing to victims around the world who reach out to us every day in the battle against the harms of sexual violence, sexual harassment, institutional betrayal and the public health crisis of suicide.
Working for better health outcomes for victims of gender-based violence and those suffering from PTSD.
We’re calling for a national awareness & action strategy to address gender-based violence and sexual harassment, including health risks and neurobiological impacts.Too often they produce devastating and untreated/undiagnosed consequences, like depression, cardiovascular complications and PTSD. We need to reimagine our approach to preventing suicide, always a high, and much unheeded, risk for victims of sexual violence and harassment.
Calling out institutional betrayal.
Sexual violence and related abuses will never be ended until we end institutional betrayal and the culture of fear, silence and harm it produces. Institutional betrayal has come to recent prominence with the way top media broadcasters and other powerful organizations protected Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, and enabled their abuse. It is frequently present in the everyday workplace, too, and no less damaging to the lives of those it assaults.
Game-changing advocacy to engage lawmakers and public institutions in preventing avoidable harm.
We’ve proposed trauma-informed training for legislators and public officials. We were the first to call for sunshine laws that will allow women to measure the progress of #MeToo reforms. We’ve been relentless champions for ending forced non-disclosure agreements that protect predators and enabling organizations, and for safe job re-entry paths for victims whose careers have been blacklisted and devastated by retaliation.
Fighting for healing. It’s my story. I’m telling it so it won’t become yours one day.
Pushing back against life-shattering wrongdoing by the Ontario Securities Commission, whose top management and board of directors use Harvey Weinstein-type stunts to punish, shame and silence — and Ontario Premier Doug Ford who willingly enables it. No woman is safe as long as public institutions and powerful officials can get away with inflicting career-ending, life-threatening, harm like this.
#MeToo is moving in the wrong direction for too many victims.
Coming forward should never make things worse. But for too many victims, that’s been the outcome. The masterful work of Ronan Farrow shows we need to look more carefully at the role of the media in the #MeToo era, some of whom refuse to cover stories for improper reasons. They’ve typically shown little interest in the aftermath of coming forward, which can be the period of greatest risk to the well-being, and even the lives, of victims.
Kathleen Finlay interviewed on CTV National News
Discrimination in healthcare, like discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment, is intolerable. Kathleen Finlay was asked by CTV National News to comment on the case of Toronto rapper John River (Matthew John Derrick-Huie),who went to the doctor with chest pains and shortness of breath in 2017 and embarked on a two-year medical nightmare. Part of that nightmare involved a feeling that the harmful way the healthcare system was treating him was based on his skin color.
Like sexual violence and sexual harassment, surgery errors, where tools, sponges and other items are mistakenly left inside patients, are considered ‘never’ events. Yet they happen, and when they do they inflict huge emotional trauma on patients and families, in addition to the physical injury to the patient, which is completely avoidable.
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