STATEMENT ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE & POLICE BRUTALITY IN CASE OF ABDIRAHMAN ABDI
August 4, 2016 The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women are organizations that have worked for decades on the front lines with women who experience violence in Ottawa. We work towards the eradication of violence against women and gender-based violence with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive inclusive framework. We want to emphasize the connections between state violence and interpersonal violence - connections that need to be discussed in light of the unjust death of Abdirahman Abdi. We urgently call for attention to his death. It highlights that law enforcement responses are problematic towards communities of colour, and people with mental health or ability challenges. We need to do this in combination with calling attention to inadequate criminal justice system responses towards survivors of sexual violence. These two types of violence can not be separated.