Sharing of Information on the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) following the July 5th Town Hall Meeting

To the community,

On June 25, the AMS Executives reversed their plan to transfer sexual assault support services to UBC, in response to the significant feedback we heard from the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) and those served by SASC. We hope that the last few weeks have served as a time of healing for all. The AMS has taken the past couple of weeks to reflect on the actions that were taken, and the impact it had on the AMS community. We recognize that the decision was upsetting to many, and we sincerely apologize for the uncertainty, frustration and anxiety that was provoked by our action. Each AMS Executive genuinely cares about the wellbeing of survivors and strengthening supports that they, and those supporting them, access. We deeply regret that we did not include the communities that would be affected by a decision like this from the beginning. We recognize that as a consequence of our lack of outreach, we missed important perspectives that would have better informed our decision making. Over the past few weeks, we have been listening to and learning from SASC and those who benefit from SASC’s services. The AMS Executive is grateful for the many community members who reached out to us, took part in the conversations online, and who showed up at the Town Hall Meeting.

The Town Hall Meeting was an important step toward transparency, clarity, and a robust dialogue between the AMS and our members on this issue. This document is our next step.

You can view and download the document here

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