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Working to end sexual assault and violence on campus

By Everett Dorma Posted: September 9, 2016 4:00 p.m.

(L-R) Regina Rams Head Coach Stephen Bryce, Dr. Vianne Timmons, U of R President and Vice-Chancellor, Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Status Of Women, Ms. Roz Kelsey, Chair, Man Up Against Violence, and Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon Canada at the Gendered Violence Prevention Project announcement.
(L-R) Regina Rams Head Coach Stephen Bryce, Dr. Vianne Timmons, U of R President and Vice-Chancellor, Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Status Of Women, Ms. Roz Kelsey, Chair, Man Up Against Violence, and Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon Canada at the Gendered Violence Prevention Project announcement. Photo courtesy Rae Graham, U of R Photography.

University of Regina is developing a comprehensive sexual assault and violence prevention action plan.

“The University has been very proactive in working with our partners to prevent sexual assault and violence in from occurring on our campus,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.  “However, we recognize that there are always opportunities to improve what we are doing, which is why we have committed to undertaking this landmark UR Safe Gendered Violence Prevention Project.”

The project will build on the University’s primary prevention initiatives to promote gender equity and end gender-based violence by strengthening the effectiveness and expanding the reach of current programming.

The project includes conducting a needs assessment to develop a campus-wide action plan, design education and engagement tools and an evaluation framework. Part of the work will include a U of R campus climate survey of students, faculty and staff that will be available the week of September 19th to assess attitudes, awareness and understanding of gender-based violence.

The project will be led by the University’s UR Safe program, which is designed to educate our community about sexual assault and violence, provide resources and support for survivors and raise awareness to help prevent sexual assault and violence on our campus. The project is being conducted in association with Parker P, the consulting arm of White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

“We are thrilled to be working with a leader like the University of Regina on this project that will examine all aspects of this issue to help support the University’s efforts to end gendered violence on campus,” says Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon.

The University’s Board of Governors approved the Sexual Assault and Violence Policy on September 15, 2015.  The policy formalizes the University’s commitment to addressing sexual assault-and-violence through prevention activities focused on education and communication, supports the reporting of sexual assault and violence, addresses the needs of victims and establishes procedures for investigation and adjudication of sexual assault-and-violence.

For more information on the University’s Sexual Assault and Violence Policy and efforts to address this issue visit: http://www.uregina.ca/ursafe/