SUDBURY – Cambrian College applauds the Wynne government’s announcement today that it will act on the college sector’s recommendation to improve provincial help-line services for survivors of sexual assaults.
Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly released today the government’s provincial action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment in Ontario. The plan includes measures to raise public awareness, improve training throughout the public sector and to improve safety on Ontario’s post-secondary campuses and in workplaces.
“Campus safety and support is a priority at Cambrian College,” said Cambrian President Bill Best. “It has been clear in our consultations with students and others that enhancing emergency help-line services is an important step in strengthening support for survivors. As such, we are pleased by the measures announced by the Ontario government today.”
The plan includes new measures to address a request from college presidents for improvements to emergency help-line services to better support survivors throughout the province. The government’s action plan calls for existing help lines to be coordinated and integrated.
Ontario’s colleges are currently finalizing a stand-alone policy and protocol that will be publicized at each college by March 31. The colleges have been consulting with students throughout the province and are grateful for the input and advice that has been received.
The college sector has also been consulting with the Ontario Women’s Directorate, government officials, OPSEU and others.
Building on existing policies and practices at the colleges, the soon-to-be published document includes recommendations for promoting greater awareness at colleges and establishing a clear protocol for responding to cases of sexual assault and violence on college campuses. There is also information about protecting people’s privacy and the steps that should be taken if someone witnesses a sexual assault or has learned about a sexual assault.
The stand-alone policy and protocol at each college will enhance the provincial action plan and help ensure that Ontario’s colleges are safe and welcoming environments for students and everyone involved in college education.
“The actions taken by the provincial government and Ontario’s colleges are important steps,” said Best. “We will continue to work with students and others to ensure everyone’s rights are understood and survivors of sexual assault get effective and immediate help.”
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