HALIFAX – Following the release of Breaking the Silence: A Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence in Nova Scotia yesterday, students are calling for further action on university and college campuses. The province’s strategy outlines a framework to combat sexualized violence, but students are urging the government to commit to specific resources and supports to combat sexualized violence on campuses in Nova Scotia.
“Women between 18 and 24 experience the highest rates of sexual assault, and many of these women are students at our colleges and universities,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “Students are eager to work with the Department of Community Services to ensure that adequate support and accountability measures are in place to assist survivors of sexual assault and build a culture of consent.”
Following a national forum to combat sexual violence on campus, the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia released Consent Culture: Working Towards Ending Sexual Violence on our Campuses. In it, students recommended that the province develop and fund training and support services at institutions; bring forward legislation to mandate colleges and universities have sexual assault policies; create a sexual assault division within the Nova Scotia government with a support resource fund available to campus groups; and require institutions to publicly report on incidences of sexual violence, and the awareness and effectiveness of initiatives to address sexual violence.
“Universities and colleges possess unique tools to prevent, mitigate, and address sexual assault,” said Sam. “Students have been leading the charge to combat sexualized violence for years and government must commit to campus specific supports to support students in that battle.”
The Canadian Federation of Students, Canada’s national student movement, is comprised of nearly one-half million students from over 80 college and university students’ unions. Students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations since 1927.
Contact: Michaela Sam, Chairperson- Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia
Tel: (902) 999-4318