Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – Sudbury – Collège Boréal
Following the Government of Ontario’s launch of the Action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment in March 2015 and Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) in 2016, Collège Boréal is now launching its Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign for the students and staff in all its campuses and sites.
At the beginning of the school year, students were welcomed to Collège Boréal with a very important message: consent is the key to every relationship between two individuals; in other words, NO means NO!
Today, Collège Boréal is launching the Draw the Line Campaign in collaboration with the Centre Victoria pour femmes. Draw the Line is a provincial campaign managed by the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) & Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes. Collège Boréal has chosen this campaign to help raise awareness amongst the entire community of people frequenting the institution for one reason or another.
Collège Boréal, like all other colleges in Ontario, has adopted a Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and developed a protocol in order to provide everyone with the resources they may need. It soon will also have a dedicated website designed to help everyone access the tools to have access to a secure environment at all times.
As part of this launch, Collège Boréal has invited a number of organisations offering a variety of services to people who have lived through or could live through a sexual violence or harassment so that students and staff get to know available services.
“Everybody at Collège Boréal has the right to work and study in a safe environment devoid of all forms of sexual violence. Therefore, it is essential that we put all the resources in place in order to end sexual violence and harassment. This campaign will go a long way in in ensuring that we all reflect on what is right and how we can get involved to make this happen.”
Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal
“On behalf the student body, I applaud Collège Boréal on its commitment to create a safe environment for us. The Association générale des étudiantes et étudiants (AGEE) is proud to participate in this campaign and contribute to raising awareness amongst its peers.”
Émilie Charrette, Director, Association générale des étudiantes et étudiants
Chronology and Context:
Between 2012 and 2015, a number of incidents on university campuses gained national prominence in the media. In October of 2014, Colleges Ontario established a working group to develop a policy and protocol on sexual aggression and violence and a number provincial recommendations linked to Wynne Action Plan.
In March of 2015, the Wynne government launched the Action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment – It’s Never OK. This plan introduced Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) which requires all colleges and universities to develop, in collaboration with students, a policy preventing sexual violence; this policy will be reviewed every three years. The bill aims to ensure that all campuses have clear procedures, response protocol, training and prevention programs in place and provide 24/7 support services for survivors of violence.
On March 31, 2015, the 24 colleges in Ontario launched their new policy.
The government also plans to support college and university initiatives aiming to make campuses safer and reducing incidents of sexual violence and harassment. It wants students to be better informed about the prevention of sexual violence and harassment and have access to resources and support services from the beginning and throughout the school year.
About the Draw the Line Campaign
‘Draw The Line’ is an interactive campaign that aims to engage Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively. For more information, consult their website: www.draw-the-line.ca
A few statistics:
- One in three women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime
- Sexual assault victimization rates are five times higher for women under the age of 35
- According to the Canadian Federation of Students, many on-campus sexual assaults occur during the first eight week of classes
- In three-quarters of sexual assaults, the woman knows her attacker.
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Since 1995, over 116,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 60 articulation agreements with other postsecondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in four out of the five areas surveyed! Out of all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate, and employment rate in the province. Moreover, 93.8% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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