The Sexual Violence Climate Survey Report is now online.
Climate survey and national framework part of MacEwan's commitment to addressing sexual violence
A student voice at the table
Courage to Act built 10 national communities of practice for post-secondary staff, faculty and students as well as community advocates working to address and prevent gender-based violence on campus. The goal of each is to provide skill-sharing opportunities and build knowledge across Canada among gender-based violence campus experts and advocates.
Not long after being elected SAMU's vice-president of Student Life, Aubrianna Snow joined the Student Organizers Community of Practice, which is working to create a resource for other students while also reviewing resources from other communities of practice.
"This group is important because so much meaningful change in gender-based violence policy and procedure on post-secondary campuses across the country has been led by students," says Aubrianna. "Student voices are key to the discussion around gender-based violence because students are so often the ones who have to deal with the consequences when an institution doesn’t make this issue a priority."
With a new operational plan to guide its work over the next five years, OSVPER is ensuring that ongoing planning and program development is informed by and responsive to the climate survey data. "Climate surveys help to provide a wider and clearer picture of our community’s perceptions, attitudes and beliefs about the issue of sexual violence, and to better understand who within our community has experienced sexual violence and how that experience has impacted them," says Runyon.
Runyon and Simon strongly encourage everyone at MacEwan to read the report.
"I want people to know that sexual violence isn’t an abstract issue or something that happens ‘out there.’ Sexual violence is common, and it’s a very real issue that directly affects many of the people that we interact with every day in our lives on campus – our students, colleagues, friends and classmates," says Runyon.