Government Follows Student Recommendations to Prevent Sexual Violence

News Staff - Wed Feb 16, 2022

After years of effort from students across Alberta, the University of Alberta Students' Union (UASU) welcomes new provincial initiatives to prevent sexual violence in post-secondary institutions.

On February 15, Advanced Education and Culture and Status of Women announced two important developments: a sector-wide survey, and a $2.5M grant to support training and awareness programs on Alberta's campuses. These initiatives stem from impassioned, long-term advocacy by the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS), the UASU, and other student organizations.

"Students at Alberta's universities have urged the government to take concrete action to prevent sexual violence," said UASU VP External Christian Fotang. "We're thankful the government acted on some of the CAUS's recommendations, and that student advocacy on this issue can continue to illuminate and fill the gaps."

Statistics Canada data shows that sexual violence is far too common in post-secondary education. "But only a few dozen students come forward every year," said VP Student Life Talia Dixon. "We've been asking the government and the University to take this issue more seriously. The new announcement is a step in the right direction. Going forward, we need to see lasting commitment."

The UASU represents 35,000 undergraduate students at the University of Alberta. For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Ari Campbell

External Relations Specialist

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