News for June 2012

Posted on June 27, 2012

Adrian Nduwayo, a Surrey man who was charged with seven counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault for not disclosing his HIV status to his sexual partners, tried to appeal two of the charges but his appeal was dismissed by the B.C. Court of Appeal on June 26th.

Nduwayo was sentenced 18 years by Justice James Williams of the B.C. Supreme Court in 2010. In his judgement Williams said that “The harm inflicted on these women was by any measure atrocious.”

Posted on June 21, 2012

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada, a chance for Aboriginal Canadians to celebrate their heritage, and for non-Aboriginal Canadians to learn more about the diverse groups of Mètis, Inuit, and First Nations people, who live in all parts of urban and rural Canada, their histories and the vital role they play in Canadian society.

Surrey has a fast growing population of Aboriginal people, with nineteen percent of the Aboriginal population of Metro Vancouver, residing here.

Posted on June 20, 2012

The Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART) is releasing the following alert for the public:

Shalendra Sharma has been released from police custody.

Posted on June 14, 2012

"Assaults don't stop at 5pm," says Surrey Women's  Centre's SMART (Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team) coordinator, Corrine Arthur in an article published today by the Surrey Leader. The article tells the story of Meghan, a teen who was sexually assaulted, and connected with SMART upon arrival at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

The article emphasizes the importance of having a program like SMART that meets the needs of sexual assault survivors 24 hour a day.

Posted on June 13, 2012

Our new 24 hour Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART), is already generating a huge amount of interest from clients, supporters - and media.

Posted on June 12, 2012

Date: June 12, 2012
For Immediate Release

(Surrey, BC) A new service for women and girls who have experienced a physical or sexual violence is now available in Surrey.

Surrey Women’s Centre now offers a 24-hour mobile crisis service in partnership with Surrey Memorial Hospital. “The Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team also known as S.M.A.R.T is a critical support,” says Sonya Boyce, executive director of Surrey Women’s Centre. “If we know that a woman or girl is assaulted every sixty seconds than help must be available every minute of the day.”