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Rape centre defends denying volunteer job

The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Vancouver -- Women who have been sexually assaulted could be further traumatized if they arrive at a crisis centre and find a worker "who looks like a man wearing a woman's dress," a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Rape Relief Society says.

The society is defending itself against charges it discriminated against Kimberly Nixon when Ms. Nixon was denied a volunteer counselling job because she was once a man. Ms. Nixon has taken the society to a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

Spokeswoman Suzanne Jay said outside the hearing yesterday the society must take into account its clients' sensitivities.

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