The RINJ Foundation: Independent NGO
In a 2014 dialogue with the Canada Revenue Agency under the misogynistic Harper government The RINJ Foundation was challenged for aggressively advocating public policy change particularly with respect to the following items:
- the extremely high sexual assault rate within the Canadian military;
- the growing child sex slavery problem in Canada;
- raped and murdered Canadian aboriginal women;
- Canada’s blossoming rape culture;
- failure of Canadian law enforcement to deal with the proliferation rape drugs;
- the lack of severe penalties for rapists;
- failure of Correctional Services Canada to rehabilitate offenders within its system in order to prevent recidivism; and
- the atrocious handling of cases like the Pitt Meadows rape and the rape and eventual death of Rehtaeh Parsons.
The RINJ Foundation Executive Director, Micheal O’Brien responded by saying that “…public policy in Canada must seek and provide a safe environment for all Canadians. In particular Canadians must be protected from the rapidly growing crime of ‘sexual assault‘.
“Balancing the rights of an accused with the rights of all individuals must favour safety of the person in all cases.
“The epic failure of Canadian law enforcement in gathering evidence for the prosecution of rapists and its dismal rape-culture-promoting responses to matters like the Rehtaeh Parsons case suggests that there are far too few female peace officers in Canada.
“The public response to a patriarchal system that has issued statements like “if you don’t want to be raped, don’t dress like a slut” has rippled across the country on many occasions but nothing has been done to change the attitude nor the makeup of Canadian Law Enforcement.”
The RINJ Foundation, says its executive director, will continue to advocate change it thinks likely to reverse the upward trend in rape and sexual assault and make Canada and all it’s institutions and places safe for all Canadians.
“We have learned”, said the RINJ Foundation’s Executive Director, “over many years that millions of children are forced and sold into sexual slavery in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and other parts of the world. The lifestyle and attitudes that permit this activity is increasingly present in Canada as more and more new Canadians arrive from these parts of the world.
These attitudes which we call a “rape culture”–a permissiveness or look-the-other-way approach to sexual assault–must be put in check with better education and more potent application of the Canadian statutes with stronger penalties and better anti-recidivism rehab for offenders. Offenders who cannot be rehabilitated must be held in prison as ‘Dangerous Offenders'”.