25 Years Since Montreal Massacre

It’s been 25 years since the Montreal massacre and the issue of violence against women hasn’t gone away.

That’s from Michelle Schryer, executive director at the Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. She says there continues to be barriers for women who are trying to leave abusive relationships.

“There are still issues around poverty and reasons for women to prostitute themselves — or be prostituted really, is more like it,” says Schryer. “There are still attitudes and cultural norms that perpetuate gendered violence.”

On the positive side of things, Schryer says people are talking about gender-based violence, listening and believing in women.

On this day in 1989, 14 women were killed when gunman Marc Lepine went on a shooting rampage at Montreal’s Ecole polytechnique.