Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 follows from the provincial action plan It’s Never Okay: an Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. Schedule 3 focuses on amendments to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act. Some of the requirements outlined in Schedule 3 of this act are:
- every college and university develop a sexual violence policy;
- policies be reviewed with student input being considered; and,
- colleges and universities provide information to the Minister regarding the implementation and effectiveness of their policies.
Several SOGS representatives had the opportunity to speak on Jan 21 at a deposition on the subject of Bill 132. Other notable Western groups were also present – such as the USC and Housing – to provide feedback on the current reading of the act. Our speaking notes have been made available online, and we additionally had the opportunity to expand upon some of our points during a brief question period.
Western has taken some commendable steps to ensure its students feel safe on campus. This includes campaigns like See Something, Say Something or the Cycling Through Consent video developed by Western’s Department of Housing, in partnership with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC). SOGS commends the efforts of various Western Community members in addressing sexual violence prevention education, such as Larissa Bartlett (Equity and Human Rights Services), Jana Luker (Associate Vice-Provost Student Experience), Angela Treglia (Housing program co-ordinator), and our own Taniya Nagpal (SOGS Women’s Concerns Commissioner).
We would like to take this opportunity to remind students that Western’s Safe Campus initiative hosts a Sexual Violence page with emergency contact information, as well as information about reporting sexual violence, getting help for yourself or a friend, and understanding sexual violence.
Fillion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP (Jan 6, 2016). Bill 132: Ontario Introduces Legislation to Afford Greater Protections to Individuals Who Experience Sexual Violence and Harassment.
Government of Ontario (March 2015). It’s Never Okay: an Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.
Legislative Assembly on Ontario. Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015.
Sabrina Serino (Nov 17, 2015). Bill 132: Ontario’s New Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation. Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Law.