HALIFAX- Students from Nova Scotia are in Ottawa today for Consent Culture: a National Forum to End Sexual Violence on Campus. Consent Culture, organized by the Canadian Federation of Students, is bringing student activists from across the country together to talk about combatting sexual violence and rape culture on campus.

“Students are on the front lines in the struggle to end sexualized violence,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “This week, students are excited to work together on how to navigate the cultural shift from rape culture to consent culture on campus.”

The forum is taking place in the wake of instances of misogyny and sexism within the Dalhousie School of Dentistry, where a sexist Facebook page promoting gender-based violence was leaked to the media.

“These national news stories have demonstrated to the public what students have known for years – that misogyny is pervasive, rape culture rampant, and that it’s time for change,” said Sam, “It is in the interest of campus administrators and provincial governments to take direction from students about strategies to combat sexualized violence.”

Today, one in five women studying in North American post-secondary institutions are sexually assaulted. In more than 80 per cent of rapes that occur on campuses, the survivor knows the perpetrator. By contrast, as of November 2014, only 9 out of 102 campuses across Canada had sexual assault policies in place.

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canadas largest student organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.

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For more information:

Michaela Sam, Chairperson – Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia: (902) 999-4318

Sarah Trower, Campaigns Coordinator – Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia: (902) 802-0055

Students gather to end sexual violence on campus