Editorial Exchange: CFL's Anti-Violence against Women Policy Welcome

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Editorial Exchange: CFL's Anti-Violence against Women Policy Welcome


Star, Toronto, The Canadian Press


Editorial Exchange: CFL's anti-violence against women policy welcome

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An editorial from the Toronto Star, published Aug. 10:

What a difference a year makes.

Last September a sickening video of then Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his fiancee -- now wife -- out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator surfaced on TMZ Sports, generating a riptide of public disgust.

The fallout, in fact, was so strong that the National Football League -- which had initially attempted to sweep the violent episode under the carpet -- ended up donating a public service advertisement at the Super Bowl to an anti-violence organization NO MORE.

Fast forward to Thursday when the Canadian Football League announced its groundbreaking policy to prevent violence against women.

The program, developed in consultation with the Ending Violence Association of Canada, is a game changer. It aims to prevent violence, respond quickly to protect and help those who are harmed, and change the behaviour of offenders.

Among its most important components:

The CFL will impose sanctions against offenders ranging from suspensions to a lifetime ban from the CFL.

Everyone in the CFL, not just the players, will receive mandatory training on violence against women and the conditions that allow it around it on an annual basis.

The CFL will work with Canadian youth to increase awareness of violence against women.

Tracy Porteous, the executive director of Ending Violence Association of B.C. says the CFL is "changing history" with its new policy -- and she is right.

"Violence against women has long thrived in the shadows, so when organizations, especially those led by men, step forward to ask, 'What can we do to break the silence? …

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