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Ottawa Police Reviewing Mistakess After `Femicide' Edited Out of Bulletin

An Ottawa police social media edit removed the word 'femicide' from a post, and the force apologized for the error. (Radio-Canada) | Image Source:
An Ottawa police social media edit removed the word 'femicide' from a post, and the force apologized for the error. (Radio-Canada) | Image Source:

Ottawa police said they were reviewing precisely what happened when a social media post about the murder of a woman this year was edited to delete the word "femicide."

On September 16, Ottawa police posted a bulletin about the five new women's murder and how they shared similarities.

"The women are all victims of a femicide," the bulletin said. "In every case, men face accusations."

Then a few minutes later, the post was once again published in the Social Media Feed forces, but this time, the word "femicide" - a term used when a woman was partially killed because of her sex - expelled from the statement.

Until now, five women and one girl were allegedly killed by men in this city in 2022. These cases include accusations of violence of intimate couples, stalks and obsessions. Allegations have been submitted in four cases.

"The women are all victims," ​​said the penalty.

CBC News asked the police why there seemed to be two versions of posts edited to the publishing point, then it seemed to exchange alternately.

'We apologize for the mistakes'

"Last Friday, a post that raised public awareness about violence against women and femicide was changed after the final agreement," the troop said in a statement this week.

"We are discussing internally how the approval process for the social post is not followed and how this version is posted. After this mistake was observed, the post was deleted and replaced in a femicide language.

"We apologize for the mistake."

The edit came during the ongoing conversation on the best way to mention the fatal violent incident against women without bowing what limits were actually advocates, the police and the law hoped to measure.

The right language is important, the word advocate

Kirsten Mercer was a lawyer representing the Slain Anastasia Kuzyk family during a coronary examination about Wilno Femicides.

Seven years until the 2015 Triple Femicides week, Mercer once again advocates the right provisions in the right situation.

"The reason that using language when it is the right problem is because it brings us into the realm of understanding that the murder, which is clearly a terrible inside and from itself, has additional elements for it. This introduces aspects that exist in the realm of racial crime, "Mercer said.

"We understand that there are a number of different definitions, but we understand that femide means the murder of a woman or girl because she is a woman or girl. So the reason is important and the reason is the focus of attention on some of the attention on her examination is because if we don't mention the problem correctly. We limit our ability to overcome it. "

Apart from the social media editing, the Ottawa police said this week the troops "had begun to use the term femicide to generally describe the murder of a woman in the hands of a male actor," and pointed to the use of Steve provisions in July.

"The use of this term with our service is intended to bring new dimensions to conversations and advocacy to eliminate violence against women in our community," the troop said.

The police, also, said that they wanted to advocate for "official definitions."

"It is our goal to work with the local advocacy community [violence against women] to build generally accepted definitions, to adopt this term officially, and to advocate for the use of law and the Criminal Code."

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