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Inter-University Conversation on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Friday, May 8, 2015
On April 21st, 2015, staff and students from universities and colleges across British Columbia convened on UBC Vancouver Campus to discuss sexual assault prevention and response strategies. The event, an “Inter-University Conversation for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response,” made possible by a grant from the Department of Justice’s National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, was jointly hosted by the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR), UBC Alma Mater Society’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), and Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC).
With more than 100 staff and students from 22 post-secondary institutions in attendance, the day featured presentations of experiences and good practices on many aspects of the issue of campus sexual assaults: from the establishment of sexual assault centres, to prevention initiatives aimed at educating perpetrators of sexual violence, to the development of sexual assault policy. The event began with a keynote from Elizabeth Sheehy, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, who presented her work with the Sexual Assault Task force at her university, and wrapped up with a roundtable discussion that allowed both panelists and participants to voice their concerns around the reporting of sexual assaults on campus.
A more detailed report of the event is available here.