Community-based Sexual Violence Experts & Institutional Collaborations On
Post-Secondary Campuses Supporting Survivors and Reducing The Risk Of Violence
Sexual violence can happen to anyone, yet colleges and universities in Canada are home to women who are at the highest statistical risk of experiencing gender-based violence. In this, it makes sense that campus leaders, administration and sexual violence support services come together to consider ways to address sexual violence on campuses.
Real progress has been made concerning sexual violence prevention and response on Ontario post-secondary campuses in recent years. Just a few years ago, a Toronto Star investigation revealed just only nine of 78 public universities across Canada and no colleges in Ontario had special policies to deal with sexual assault. But in 2016, the Ontario government mandated post-secondary campuses to have clear sexual violence policies at their institutions—paving the way for real, systemic change. Despite this, the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey (released in 2019) found that just 59.7% of university respondents, 48% of college student respondents and 28.9% of Private Career College respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed that they were aware of sexual violence supports, services and reporting procedures available to them.
This round table discussion will engage sexual violence experts on promising practices for violence prevention and response, based on (1) campuses’ meaningful engagement with community-based sexual violence experts, and (2) intentional engagement of an anti-colonial, intersectional feminist, anti-racist and anti-oppression community based approaches to sexual violence.