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To: Deborah Matthews - Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Government of Ontario

What you can do for #metoo in Ontario

What you can do for #metoo in Ontario

Create legislation requiring that all post-secondary institutions in the province develop and implement adequate sexual violence prevention policies, and create oversight mechanisms to ensure that they are effectively implemented.

Provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions, student groups, and community organisations so that they are able to implement sexual violence prevention policies thoroughly.

Why is this important?

[Not your Province? Find the petition for your Province here: https://you.leadnow.ca/efforts/what-you-can-do-for-metoo]

1 in 5 Canadian women will experience sexual assault while at university. Evidence suggests that these numbers are actually much higher due to the systemic barriers to reporting assaults that many women face. [1]

Universities have the means to prevent women from experiencing sexual assault and harassment on campus, but they need sufficient policies put in place to do that. Currently, almost no Canadian universities have adequate policies, and many have none at all. [2]

The provincial government needs to mandate that all post-secondary institutions implement sexual violence prevention policies, provide the funding necessary for them to do so, and create oversight mechanisms to hold those institutions to account.

Legislation should recommend that educational institutions’ sexual violence prevention policies have:

A Specific Immunity Clause for Drug and Alcohol Use
Protection from Face to Face Encounters During the Complaint Process
Survivor-Centric Interim Measures
Anonymous and Third Party Complaint Options
Recognition of the Intersectional Impacts of Sexual Violence
Required Sexual Violence Support and Sensitivity Training for all those involved in the Complaint Process
Independent Third Party Member of the Appeal Committee
Existence of Clear Timelines
Acknowledgment of Campus Rape Culture

Policies should not have:
Time limits for Filing a Formal Complaint
Threatening Sanctions for Vexatious, Malicious or False Complaints
Gag Order (During or Beyond the Complaint Process)
A Loophole whereby a complaint can be suspended if the respondent ends their relationship with the school (i.e. transfers or drops out) [3]

Sources:

[1][3] http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/4106721/Our-Turn-Action-Plan-Final-English-2.pdf
[2] http://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-across-canada-implement-sexual-violence-policies/

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Reasons for signing

  • I wished when I was a teenager I knew my rights and had been educated on this topic!
  • Addressing this issue is decades (centuries?) overdue.
  • We need to emphasize who is perpetrating, rather than who the victims are. Men's violence, not violence against women because that also perpetrates victimization. Let's change the culture for the next generation. Let's break the cycle now. You are loved! You are of incredible worth! You are enough! You are full of beauty! Let's respect one another as people and value the person, not what we can get from each other to fill our void.

Updates

2017-10-18 16:40:36 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2017-10-18 14:30:57 -0400

500 signatures reached

2017-10-17 18:56:13 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-10-17 17:58:02 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-10-17 17:43:36 -0400

25 signatures reached

2017-10-17 17:01:46 -0400

10 signatures reached