Steve Sullivan, former ombudsman for victims of crime, at his home in Ottawa. “My sense is they created the office because it made a good press release,” said Sullivan. ~ CHRISTOPHER PIKE/FOR THE TORONTO STAR
“My sense is they created the office because it made a good press release,” said Steve Sullivan, whose federal appointment to a three-year term as ombudsman ended last April. He was replaced in August by Sue O’Sullivan, a former deputy police chief in Ottawa.
“They use the word victim a lot but it’s done to support or justify the get-tough-on-crime agenda, which really doesn’t do a whole lot for most victims of crime,” said Sullivan, who is now executive director of Ottawa Victim Services, a community-based agency that works primarily with women who have been abused by their partners.
Sullivan told the Star he filed the outstanding annual reports before his term ended and that Nicholson has been sitting on them.
“They were both done,” Sullivan said of the reports. “The minister chose to not introduce them in the House. I don’t know why.”
Do the Tory’s want to reduce crime in Canada and do they want to punish criminals…or do they want to rehabilitate criminals and satisfy and facilitate the healing process for the victims of crime? ~Vaq
Meet the New Ombudsman
Biography of Sue O’Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
Sue O’Sullivan, a 30-year law-enforcement veteran and former Deputy Chief of Police for the Ottawa Police Service, began her term as Canada’s Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime August 16, 2010.
Throughout her law-enforcement career, Ms. O’Sullivan has served in Patrol, Criminal Investigative Services and Operations Support. Ms. O’Sullivan has been a member of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Alumni Association, a group of senior professional executives who work together to influence local, national and international counter terrorism strategy, and has acted as an advisor to the Auditor General of Canada on National Security in Canada — The 2001 Anti-Terrorism Initiative Audit.
Throughout her career, Ms. O’Sullivan has continually advocated to increase the efficiency of services to victims. Prior to her appointment, Ms. O’Sullivan worked with stakeholders from the victim services community and all three levels of government to develop a co-ordinated victim assistance program.
Ms. O’Sullivan has been recognized for her leadership both within the service and in the community. Her honours include the Governor General’s Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal and the House of Commons Leadership Award (Ottawa-Center), the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre Quality of Life Award, and the Circle of Canadians Community Service Award.
Ms. O’Sullivan holds a B.A. in Law and Sociology with a subtitle in Criminology and Corrections from Carleton University and is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program (Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the University of Toronto).
Maybe she’ll feel differently about the position? ~Vaq
Magdalena Ivasecko, left, and Sierra Chevy Harris are seen at the start of Slutwalk, a protest on April 3 against a Toronto Police officer’s comments that womens shouldn’t dress like sluts if they want to avoid being sexually assaulted. ~ RICHARD LAUTENS/TORONTO STAR
Toronto’s own SlutWalk has sparked marches across the U.S. and the U.K.
As news of his comments spreads far beyond the GTA on blogs and Facebook, more events are popping up in support.
Jaime Clark is planning to attend SlutWalk Philadelphia on June 18 to support women’s rights in her hometown. The 30-year-old plans to drive from her home in New Jersey just for the event.
“Times have changed. Back in the day, women had to dress a certain way — they had necklines up to their chins,” Clark told the Star.
“You have the right to ‘bare arms’ and legs.
“If a man walks around with his pants down past his rear, does that mean he wants to be sodomized? It doesn’t cry rape or sexual assault.”
Clark is still deciding on what to wear, but plans to keep the event’s name in mind.
“Most likely I’m going to dress as a ‘slut.’ It’s a SlutWalk.”
Along with the event’s Facebook page, Clark began another page just to invite her own friends. After 20 minutes, she had 10 people signed up for the road trip to Philadelphia.
More than 300 people plan to attend the event, according to the official page.
Many other SlutWalk groups have formed in the U.S., including in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Seattle and Detroit.
There are also other Canadian groups in Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton, London and Ottawa.
SlutWalk U.K. has also planned a march in London, England, on June 4. More than 460 people are planning to attend.
Supporters on the website have also started calling for similar marches in other parts of England and Scotland.
No matter where the events are held, Clark hopes both men and women get involved, and that more people learn that no woman asks to be raped because of what she is wearing.
Let’s go girls!!!!! ~ Vaq