HALIFAX – A report released today by the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia outlines institutional discrepancies in policy and services for, as well as students’ recommendations to combat sexualized violence on campus. Working Towards Consent Culture: Developing a Plan to Combat Sexual Violence on Campuses in Nova Scotia outlines how half of the universities in Nova Scotia today do not meet the provincial government’s requirement to maintain standalone sexual assault policies to combat gender-based violence on campus.
“This fall, students from across the province returned to school without the protection of a meaningful sexual assault policy,” said Aidan McNally, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “The Nova Scotia government’s inattention to this pressing issue is appalling.”
On two separate occasions last year, the Nova Scotia Liberal Party blocked provincial legislation that would mandate the implementation of sexual assault policies. Instead, a clause was included in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) requiring that institutions introduce these policies. Since its ratification over a year ago, only five of Nova Scotia’s ten universities have met its requirements.
“Students have been calling for legislation to combat sexualized violence on campus for three years,” said McNally. “As the MOU has proven insufficient incentive to implement these policies, the government must immediately adopt this much needed legislation.”
To read the full report visit cfs-ns.ca/publications
The Canadian Federation of Students is the oldest and largest national student organization in Canada, representing over 650,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across the country.
For more information:
Aidan McNally, Chairperson, CFS-NS, (902) 425-4237 Sarah Trower, Organizer, CFS-NS, (902) 802-0055