Selkirk College is changing the conversation around sexual violence on campus and in our community. A violence free culture involves everyone.
How to Support Each Other - Listen, Believe, Refer
Sexual assault is a serious crime and is never the fault of the survivor.
Selkirk College has carefully developed a Hand Guide offering direction with steps to supporting someone who opens up about experiences with sexual violence.
Coming forward to share an experience or make a report is a difficult, personal and complex process.
Pyramid created by Ranger Cervix & Jaime Chandra. November 2017.
The False Allegation Myth
Discussion and debate around sexual assault often includes misinformation about false allegations being a common occurrence. Not only does this stereotype undermine a drive to change the culture of sexual violence, it harms victims. "It is estimated between 64 per cent and 96 per cent of victims do not report the crimes committed against them" because they believe the report will be met with disbelief - cites a research paper called False Allegations of Sexual Assault: An Analysis of Ten Years of Reported Cases. This report indicates false allegations occur in two and 10 per cent of cases.
Anna Binkovitz of Macalester College performs during the 2014 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational.
Selkirk College's Sexual Violence Policy
In April 2016, the Provincial Government passed Bill 23, Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act
The Act requires every public post‐secondary university, college and institute in B.C. to develop, implement and make publicly available on the institution’s website, a sexual misconduct policy that addresses sexual misconduct, including sexual misconduct prevention and responses to sexual misconduct and sets out procedures for:
Making a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a student.
Making a report of sexual misconduct involving a student.
Responding to a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a student.
Responding to a report of sexual misconduct involving a student.
Selkirk College has been involved in the development of this policy since September 2016 and has recently adopted a the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy that takes a three-pronged approach – the policy itself, setting in place protocols and procedures as well as generating awareness through prevention strategies, training and specific initiatives. The policy is woven into Selkirk College’s Student Code of Conduct, Standards of Employee Conduct as well as other College policies that set standards and give direction how members of the College community will interact with each other. View the policy.
Read the complete story...