Ontario colleges to draft province-wide sexual assault policy

Later this month, the presidents of 24 public colleges in Ontario will begin to draft a province-wide sexual assault policy.

In November 2014, the presidents agreed to standardize their sexual assault policies.

The presidents hope the new policy will encourage victims to come forward, otherwise the effort to reduce sexual assaults in campuses will go in vain.

This decision came after an investigative report conducted by the Toronto Star revealed not all Canadian post-secondary institutions have a policy against sexual assault.

Several sexual assault victims told the Star that it was unclear what their options were and they felt completely helpless.

The Star’s investigation included 78 universities in Canada. A shocking revelation was that some universities, Queen’s University and the University of Saskatchewan, do not have sexual assault policies.

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