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U of R continues steps to make campus safer

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: December 6, 2021 1:00 p.m.

White Ribbon Day is a reminder for all to help put an end to gendered violence.
White Ribbon Day is a reminder for all to help put an end to gendered violence. Photo courtesy of UAC

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the tragic murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique. The women were targeted by a feminist-hating man wielding a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada declared December 6 to be a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is also known as White Ribbon Day.

While universities are supposed to be places of safety where the pursuit of a quality educational experience is paramount, the statistics indicate they are also places where violence, especially sexual violence, plays out every day. 

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Lynn Thera is the University of Regina’s
coordinator of Sexual Violence Prevention
and Response. Credit: U of R Photography

“The shooting at École Polytechnique was a tragic event that reflects the misogyny and gender-based violence that exists in Canada and in Post-Secondary-Institutions,” says Lynn Thera, the U of R’s coordinator, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response. 

Thera says that the U of R programs designed to end gender based violence are ongoing.  A new gender-based violence bystander program called Step In Step Up: UR Against Gender-Based Violence will be offered in January 2022. Also in January, the University is facilitating Moose Hide Campaign, an Indigenous-led grassroots movement of men, boys and all Canadians standing up to end violence against women and children.

“Campus violence and the trauma that women experience in universities decreases their ability to successfully complete their education. It often affects their marks and ability to hand in assignments. It also decreases a woman's sense of safety in an academic environment,” says Thera.

Among the initiatives introduced by the University in the past to bring awareness to gendered violence is Man Up Against Violence, UR Safe Gendered Violence Prevention Project and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Needs Assessment Report.  

Those initiatives, along with the new programs, are helping to make the University a national leader in personal safety and is strengthening the University’s efforts to end sexual assault and sexual violence on campus. 

For more information on Step In Step Up: UR Against Gender-Based Violence or Moose Hide Campaign, contact sexual.violence.response@uregina.ca or lynn.thera@uregina.ca.

For more information about U of R Sexual Violence Prevention and Response