Conference – Changing the Conversation on Sexual Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions

The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR), the Alma Mater Society’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at UBC, and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) organized and hosted a two-day conference on September 30 – October 1, 2016 in Vancouver.

The conference, titled The Power of our Collective Voices: Changing the Conversation on Sexual Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions engaged over 250 students, staff, faculty, senior administrators, government and community organizations in a dialogue about sexual violence within Canadian university and college communities.

This conference built upon two earlier events co-hosted by the ICCLR, AMS SASC, and EVA BC: The Inter-University Conversation on Sexual Assault Prevention conference (April 2015) and The Power of Our Collective Voices Pre-Conference Symposium (May 30, 2016). In the two-day event, we intended to provide tools to better respond to campus sexual violence, and inform and discuss the development and implementation of post-secondary policies, protocols, prevention strategies, and community collaboration, while providing a safe space to understand and incorporate the lived experience of survivors.

The important conversations and insights regarding campus sexual violence which occurred at the conference were continued on social media via the twitter hashtag #CCSV2016