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The Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act was tabled by the government last Wednesday, and will likely pass by the end of May. But what is this bill and how will it affect our community moving forward?

Claire Hume stopped by The Midday Zone to supply more information. (Click this to view the bill)

Claire works as Director, Policy and Media Office on behalf of Andrew Weaver, MLA. Here are some notes she sent me ahead of the chat, in case you haven’t time to listen 🙂

– The government’s legislation is a slightly edited version of a bill we tabled in March, their willingness to support an opposition member’s bill is very rare (but very welcome and wonderful in this situation!).

– When passed, the act will require every public postsecondary institution to work with students to develop a sexual-misconduct policy within the year.

– The act will also require schools to conduct surveys to assess the effectiveness of their policies. As it currently stands, instances of sexual assaults on campuses are very under-reported and records are inconsistently kept.

– A recent student survey at the University of Ottawa showed as many as 44 percent of female students experienced some form of sexual violence while attending the university – Yet their official numbers stated that over the course of five years, only 10 students reported an assault to the U of O.

– Our Town Hall to discuss this issue and the legislation will be this Wednesday, May 4th, from 7-9pm at the student union building at Uvic and everyone is welcome.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jon

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