The Honourable Attorney General Chris Bentley stated that “no one is going to be left hanging.” in reference to victims of historical sexual abuse in Cornwall.
Well Chris, you’ve left almost 200 people hanging for over 7 months. Remember when you cancelled recommended counselling services and tried to replace them with a ‘Next Steps” program?
Even though Commissioner Normand Glaude expressly stated in his report, and I quote:
“Client-specific information, expert testimony on counselling needs, the strong Phase 2 submissions in favour of Counselling Support, and the ABSENCE OF COMPREHENSIVE AND REALISTIC SERVICE ALTERNATIVES have convinced me of the need to extend Counselling Support. The period selected for extension is 5 years, with a cost of
approximately 2.7 million for the whole period.”
The Commissioner also wrote that approximately 170-195 individuals were still ‘actively attending counselling”
Only 16 people took part in the Next Steps program. So what happened to the others? Well, I would venture to say that they’ve been left hanging. And I hope to God that their grip is strong. Because it doesn’t appear that Chris Bentley, his ministry or our local MPP Jim Brownell will be reaching out to them any time soon.
Gabriel Riviere-Reid – Cornwall Ontario
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