Senator Marilou McPhedran was quoted in the Globe and Mail article Canadian medical schools put under the lens to address harms of patient sexual abuse about efforts to include sexual assault prevention in medical training and improve other aspects of health care related to sexual assault.
McPhedran has been working to address sexual abuse in Canada for many years. She chaired the independent Minister’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 in 2015 and two other inquiries on the same issue in 1991 and 2001.
McPhedran is a human rights lawyer, educator, and advocate for women’s rights. She is co-founder of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), and the Gerstein Crisis Centre for homeless discharged psychiatric patients.