Bishop’s Univer­sity Launches Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion Cam­paign

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Bishop’s Univer­sity will launch an un­prece­dented cam­paign in Septem­ber to prevent sex­ual vi­o­lence on its cam­pus. The cam­paign comes at a time when the Univer­sity is mo­bi­liz­ing to of­fer ad­di­tional re­sources and tools to stu­dents in the hopes of erad­i­cat­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence from its cam­pus.

The cam­paign’s cor­ner­stone ef­fort will be the manda­tory By­stander In­ter­ven­tion Train­ing, which will be given to the en­tire in­com­ing class just days after the stu­dents move to their new homes on- and off-cam­pus. The train­ing aims to ed­u­cate and em­power stu­dents to act when they wit­ness a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion. The Univer­sity is ex­pect­ing its en­tire in­com­ing class and over 100 se­nior stu­dents to at­tend the train­ing.

“Stud­ies show that by­stander in­ter­ven­tion de­creases at­tempts of sex­ual as­sault as well as suc­cess­ful as­saults,” says Dr. Jackie Bai­ley, the Dean of Stu­dent Af­fairs. “In­ci­dents of sex­ual vi­o­lence have been shown to be dis­pro­por­tion­ately high in the first year of Univer­sity, which is why we are tar­get­ing our ini­tia­tives dur­ing Ori­en­ta­tion Week. Our hope is that within the next 4-5 years the en­tire stu­dent body will be trained in by­stander in­ter­ven­tion.

“My goal is to have zero as­saults on our cam­pus,” de­clares the Dean. “We want to cre­ate a cul­ture of sex­ual health and safety.”

Dr. Bai­ley is spear­head­ing the cam­paign to cre­ate a safe en­vi­ron­ment for new and re­turn­ing stu­dents on cam­pus. “We have great col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships with sev­eral lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing CALACS Agres­sion Estrie, and we’ve part­nered with MES­SAGE, a cam­paign that in­volves other Sher­brooke post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions, or­ga­ni­za­tions, and com­mu­nity out­reach work­ers, rep­re­sent­ing over 40,000 stu­dents,” says Dr. Bai­ley. “We’ve also partenered with the Sans Oui C’est Non! cam­paign.” An­other key part­ner is the Stu­dents Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil (SRC). “We are proud

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