A pilot project has been launched by the provincial government which will see those who have survived sexual violence able to access free legal advice.
“The Listen Project” is hosted by the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan. Under the program. clients can receive a referral for up to two hours of free legal informaiton and advice with an additional two hours of free legal assistance available if approved.
Ministry of Justice Senior Advisor Betty Ann Pottruff said that time period is valuable to making sure victims have their voices heard.
“Many victims of sexual violence, first of all, don’t really understand whether what they have is something that the justice system can deal with,” she said. “And if it can deal with it, what are the options that they have to access justice for what’s happened to them and try to respond to what’s happened to them.”
Justice Minister Don Morgan also addressed the issue, saying this program will give the victims and opportunity to sit down and fully explore all legal options available to them.
“This is something that they’ll be able to get some back ground on, they’ll be able to make an informed decision on what other remedies they might have,” Morgan said. “They also might have whatever other supports might be available through the justice system or victims or crimes.”
The federal justice department is providing around $190,000 in funding annually for the program through March 2021.