Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Collective efforts aim to prevent sexual violence on campus

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Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Collective efforts aim to prevent sexual violence on campus

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Nova Pierson
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 208-2743
Media Contacts
Nova Pierson
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 208-2743

Backgrounders

Preventing sexual violence and misconduct on campuses

B.C. is investing $760,000 in initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus including:

  • co-ordination of resources and training, so that post-secondary institutions can learn from each other and access common resources;
  • plain language supports so that policies and process around sexual violence and misconduct are clear;
  • outreach to students, including surveys to better understand student experiences and perceptions of resources and policies; and
  • the sector-wide Moving Forward Together: Building Capacity to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence on Campus forum on June 4 and 5, 2019. Topics include outreach and awareness; education and training; policies and best practices; investigations; as well as transitions from the kindergarten to Grade 12 system.

All 25 of B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions have been required to have sexual violence and misconduct policies since May 2017. The Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act also requires institutions to make their policies publicly available. Provincial regulations and criteria require private institutions with student residences to have polices.

In 2017, the Province sought input from students, faculty and stakeholders about those sexual violence and misconduct policies. Feedback from that public engagement campaign has helped shape the next steps in the Province’s action plan, in co-ordination with stakeholders.

To help raise awareness among students, the Province launched a $200,000 awareness campaign in 2018, which included social media ads on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, as well as posters on campuses and in nearby bars and restaurants. The campaign ran during September 2018 and January 2019 to address the fact that roughly two-thirds of sexual assaults on campus occur in the first eight weeks of school (Our Turn – National Student-Led Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence, 2017).

Learn More:

Posters from B.C.’s awareness campaign: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/post-secondary-education/institution-resources-administration/prevent-sexualized-violence/3389_gcp_posters_8-5x11_hr-nt.pdf

Our Turn – Student Society of McGill University: https://ssmu.ca/blog/2017/10/ourturn/

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