“Our campaign focuses on educating students, staff, and faculty about sexual assault, so that we can all play a role in preventing it,” said Pierrette Paxy, co-ordinator of the Centre for Equity and Human Rights.
“Statistics show that one in four women are victims of sexual assault, and we want to change that.”
This fall, Cambrian’s third-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will be delivering 30-minute sessions about sexual assault to all first-year students.
“The peer-to-peer sessions fit into the nursing curriculum nicely because students have to spend time delivering community health information to the public,” said Paxy.
“We think the messages about sexual assault prevention will be stronger if they’re delivered to students, by students. We want everyone to understand that this type of behaviour is not acceptable at Cambrian, and that each one of us can do our part to enhance safety and security on campus and in our community.”
The campaign was launched with support from Cambrian’s student government leaders and Marlene Gorman, executive director of YWCA Sudbury.