Students at the University of Victoria are applauding the province’s move to support legislation compelling campuses to have a sexual assault policy.
On Wednesday, Premier Clark committed to working with Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver on his private member’s bill.
It’s hard to miss the banners outside UVic’s student Union Building.
They’re meant to draw attention to the lack of a sexual assault policy on campus.
“This is an urgent issue.”
On Wednesday, the Premier threw her support behind Green Party Leader’s Andrew Weaver’s bill aimed at eliminating sexual violence on B.C. Campuses.
UVic’s Student Society’s Kenya Rogers applauds the move by the premier.
“We’re very excited and we do see it as a really positive first step toward actually getting binding legislation for institutions to develop policy.”
It’s a hot topic on this campus.
Four women came forward in February alleging a fellow student sexually assaulted them, he’s now facing charges.
And a separate incident in September involving a woman attacked by several men.
That remains unsolved.
But students on campus today agree it’s time.
“Why do you think it’s a good idea?”
“Just because it’s a huge thing that that so many people are worried about on campus.”
“I think it’s important that we keep everyone safe on campus when we’re out here late at night studying.”
Weaver’s bill would require all colleges and universities to report sexual assaults to the government, and boards of governors.
“We don’t just need more rape kits.
We need to take this issue head-on.
We need to recognize our post-secondary environments aren’t always providing safe environments.”
Schools not complying would face penalties.
While there’s no indication when the legislation will be in place, the mood on campus is that it’s already long overdue.