Kathleen Wynne gets emotional during visit to Guelph sex assault centre
Ontario increases funding for 42 sexual assault centres to $14.8 million a year
Premier Kathleen Wynne became emotional during a visit to a sexual assault centre in Guelph where she announced more funding for similar centres across Ontario.
She said Thursday her government will increase funding for all 42 centres by $1.75 million annually to $14.8 million a year.
Wynne announced the increased funding at Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, a sexual assault centre based in Guelph that will receive about $26,000 more in ongoing support.
"I've been privileged in my life not to have experienced serious sexual assault," Wynne said when asked if she had ever been assaulted.
"It's hard to talk about," she added, her voice shaking. "Because we all have experiences we can go back to and say, 'Was it my fault?' or 'Boy, I escaped that one!'"
Wynne recalled "a near miss" she had when she was 24 and "working in the service industry."
She said she was living on site and that she'd visit the kitchen at night to get a snack. Wynne said one of the older men who worked there came in a couple of times, but added that "a couple of younger guys started coming into the kitchen as well because they didn't trust the older guy.
"I had no idea until they told me that he had a reputation," she said.
"I never got to really thank them," Wynne said. "That's the kind of world I want to live in, where people look after each other."
Wynne says she's never met a woman who hasn't experienced verbal, physical or sexual assault or some near misses, and vows to do everything in her power to try to put an end to it once and for all.
Her comments appear at the 40:51 mark of this video.
With files from The Canadian Press