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UR Safe Gendered Violence Prevention Project

News Release Release Date: September 9, 2016 10:30 a.m.

The University of Regina has launched the UR Safe Gendered Violence Prevention Project that will lead to the creation of a comprehensive sexual assault and violence prevention action plan.

The resulting strategy will make the University a national leader in personal safety and strengthen the University’s efforts to end sexual assault and sexual violence on campus.

“The University has been proactive in developing and implementing a policy on sexual assault and violence; however, we also recognize that we need to constantly adapt to the ongoing needs of students, faculty and staff in dealing with sexual assault and violence,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.  “That is why we have committed to undertaking this landmark project on gendered violence prevention.”

The University is providing $82,500 to implement this project. 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 will be conducted in association with Parker P, the consulting arm of White Ribbon Canada, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls and promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

“White Ribbon recognizes that men and boys need to be actively engaged in preventing gender-based violence, we need to be part of the solution, not just part of the problem,” says Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon.  “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.”

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.

“We are implementing this project in recognition that we need to be proactive in looking at ways to prevent sexual assault and violence rather than dealing after the fact with specific incidents or crises that might occur,” says Dr. Timmons.  
 
A website supporting the Sexual Assault and Violence Policy is available at: http://www.uregina.ca/ursafe/

 

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