AMS Responds to Sexual Violence Bill

On May 18, the British Columbia legislature passed Bill 23, the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act. The AMS recognizes this Act as an important step towards ensuring safer campus communities for students across B.C.

Bill 23 requires all publicly-funded, post-secondary institutions in B.C. to have a policy that specifically addresses issues of sexual violence on campus. The AMS of UBC Vancouver has been working closely with UBC to develop a stand-alone sexual assault policy and is looking forward to seeing other post-secondary institutions develop their own policies, with input from students.

“Students look forward to working closely with the government on the guidelines document that they will be circulating and on the creation of any regulations that will support and extend the scope of the Bill,” said Kathleen Simpson, AMS Vice President of External Affairs.  The AMS is committed to ensuring that students and survivors are treated with dignity and respect when disclosing or reporting.

Additionally, the AMS funds and operates the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), a free and confidential resource for students, staff, and faculty who are survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and harassment.  Ashley Bentley, Manager of the SASC recognizes that, “there are multiple barriers to survivors of violence accessing support. The AMS and SASC are committed to the support, education, and empowerment of our campus community and strive to create an inclusive environment for survivors of all genders to access services.”

The AMS strongly believes that every student has the right to feel safe on campus, and will continue to work with stakeholders in our campus community and partners in government to ensure that this legislation is enacted in a way that supports survivors and improves awareness and understanding of issues surrounding sexual violence.

Media Contacts:

 

Kathleen Simpson, Vice President of External Affairs

vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca

604-822-2050

 

Ashley Bentley, Sexual Assault Support Centre

ashleybentley@ams.ubc.ca

604-822-3475

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