NDP

Universities need to have clear sexual assault policies in place to protect students

June 17, 2015


The McNeil government needs to take steps to reduce sexual violence on university and college campuses, says NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald.

MacDonald made the comments earlier today after the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia asked the McNeil government, “commit to specific resources and supports to combat sexualized violence on campuses in Nova Scotia.”

“While I’m pleased with the recent release of the sexual violence strategy more needs to be done to protect students on our university campuses,” says MacDonald. “That is why, once again, we are calling on the McNeil government to pass legislation mandating colleges and universities to have clear sexual assault policies and prevention measures in place.”

In the spring of 2015, NDP Labour and Advanced Education critic Dave Wilson introduced a bill requiring all universities and colleges to implement sexual assault strategies. When the legislature rose the bill was still in second reading.

Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia, is also calling on the McNeil government to pass the NDP bill.

“Our report, Consent Culture: Working Towards Ending Sexual Violence on our Campuses, calls for the province to bring forward legislation to mandate colleges and universities have sexual assault policies – and the NDP’s bill does just that. The government should pass the bill as part of their coordinated response to combat sexual violence in Nova Scotia,” says Sam.

Research indicates that women between the ages of 18-24 experience the highest rates of sexual assault.