Strong advocate for women and children dies

Funeral today in Charlottetown for Lyle Brehaut

Lyle Brehaut of Charlottetown is being remembered as a strong advocate for women and children who had experienced sexual violence.
Brehaut (nee Farquharson) died Saturday at the Prince Edward Home. She was 79.
She was one of the founding members of the P.E.I. Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. She and others first met in 1981 to share their distress over a court case involving a gang rape of an Island woman, said Sigrid Rolfe, organization coordinator for the centre.
“It became apparent that, although rape and childhood sexual abuse happened here as often as anywhere else, there were no support services for people experiencing sexual violence, it was difficult to track, no statistics on the subject,’ she said.
In 1982, the centre became incorporated. Brehaut was the coordinator until her retirement in 1997.
“Throughout her years as coordinator, Lyle was a staunch advocate for the rights of women and children who had experienced sexual violence,’ said Rolfe.
Brehaut is survived by her partner, Doris Boulet, and by five children.
Her funeral will be held today in Charlottetown. Memorial donations may be made to the P.E.I. Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis Centre.

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