Pre-Conference Symposium: Changing the Conversation on Sexual Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions

On May 30, 2016, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR), the UBC Alma Mater Society’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), and Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) organized and hosted a one-day, pre-conference
symposium centred on the development and implementation of post-secondary policies, protocols and prevention strategies with regards to sexual violence and misconduct on post-secondary campuses. The event was developed as part of the Department of Justice Canada’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness Week 2016 initiative.

The symposium, titled The Power of our Collective Voices: Changing the Conversation on Sexual Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions, connected over 100 students, staff from all 25 of BC’s public post-secondary institutions, community-based service providers, as well as government officials from across the province. This diversity of participants was especially instrumental in view of the introduction of Bill 23: the Sexual Violence and
Misconduct Policy Act in late April 2016. The bill requires all public post-secondary institutions in the province of BC to establish and implement a sexual misconduct policy.

For a full report of the conference please click on the link below:

VSOCAW Symposium 2016 Summary Report