University policy addresses sexual assault-and-violence

By Everett Dorma Posted: October 26, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Participants at the press conference announcing the new sexual assault-and-violence policy (L- R) Honourable Mark Docherty, Minister of Parks, Tourism and Sport, Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education, Tyler Perkins, U or R Rams player and Man Up Against Violence athlete spokesperson and Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research).
Participants at the press conference announcing the new sexual assault-and-violence policy (L- R) Honourable Mark Docherty, Minister of Parks, Tourism and Sport, Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education, Tyler Perkins, U or R Rams player and Man Up Against Violence athlete spokesperson and Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research). Photo: U of R Photography

The University’s new sexual assault-and-violence policy was announced as part of the kick-off of the Man Up Against Violence Fall 2015 program and the start of the Province’s Violence Prevention Week.

“The policy recognizes that sexual assault-and-violence is a criminal offense and is never acceptable,” says Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) and the University’s lead in developing the new policy.  “The policy also ensures that anyone reporting sexual assault-and-violence has the opportunity to be heard and to have their rights and medical needs respected.”

The new policy defines sexual assault-and-violence as a broad range of behaviours which is carried out in circumstances in which a person has not freely agreed, consented to, or is incapable of consenting to.

The policy’s primary aim is to reduce the risk of sexual assault through education, awareness and prevention activities. It also establishes processes for addressing the needs of victims of sexual assault-and-violence and procedures for investigation and discipline that are in accordance with University policies and standards and that ensure fairness and due process.

Photo of speakers at the pres conference announcing the sexual assault and violence policy
Man Up Against Violence Chair Roz Kelsey and athlete spokesperson Tyler Perkins. Photo courtesy U of R Photography.

The policy was announced as part of the kick off ceremonies of the Man Up Against Violence movement, which has activities planned throughout the week.

“The Man Up Against Violence movement was initiated to promote positive ideals of masculinity and to encourage men to become advocates against violence in our communities,” says Roz Kelsey, Chair of the Man Up Against Violence movement and an instructor with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Promotional video of Man Up Against Violence mini-documentary

This trailer of the Man Up Against Violence mini-documentary was shown at the press conference.

Everyone is invited to the video's screening and a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 in room 119 of the Research and Innovation Centre. Image courtesy of Dan Carr.  Video courtesy of Studio 10 Productions.

A website supporting the new policy is available at: http://www.uregina.ca/ursafe/.

Information on the Man Up Against Violence movement and activities planned during the week is available at: http://manupagainstviolence.ca/new/.