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Herizons - - Nellie Grams -

Un­der the Sex­ual Vi­o­lence and Mis­con­duct Pol­icy Act, post­sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions in B.C.will have a year to es­tab­lish poli­cies on sex­ual mis­con­duct that will in­clude sex­ual as­sault, ha­rass­ment and voyeurism.The law will re­quire uni­ver­si­ties to con­sult stu­dents on their poli­cies and to re­view them once ev­ery three years.

The B.C.law is based on a pri­vate mem­ber’s bill in­tro­duced by B.C.Green Party Leader An­drew Weaver and is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar to On­tario leg­is­la­tion.If B.C.’s leg­is­la­tion passes, it will be­come the sec­ond province in Canada to man­date cam­pus sex­ual as­sault poli­cies by law.

“The thing about rape and sex­ual vi­o­lence is that si­lence is the best friend of any rapist, and shame is their sec­ond-best friend,” Pre­mier Christy Clark said in sup­port of the bill.

The bill con­tains a broad def­i­ni­tion of sex­ual vi­o­lence that in­cludes non­con­sen­sual dis­tri­bu­tion of sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­tos and videos, as well as the threat of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

“We should be out­raged about the num­bers of sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual vi­o­lence that hap­pens on cam­puses, not just here but all across the coun­try, and we have to do some­thing about it,” Clark said.

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