Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Opposition Conservatives Table Bills on Sexual Violence

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Opposition Conservatives Table Bills on Sexual Violence

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Opposition tables sex violence bills

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's opposition Progressive Conservatives have tabled a bill calling for free legal representation for some victims of sexual violence.

Party leader Jamie Baillie issued a statement Monday saying the bill would enshrine the right of victims to legal representation.

The bill would also require the province's Director of Victims Services to cover the costs of legal representation for victims of sexual violence who can't afford it otherwise.

As well, the bill specifically states that victims of sexual violence have "the right to be treated with respect when giving evidence about the sexual violence."

The Tories, who hold 10 of 51 seats in the legislature, also tabled a bill Monday that would require all universities and colleges to develop sexual violence policies with student input. …

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