Group at uSask proposes creation of a dedicated sexual assault centre

March 24, 2015

An advocacy group at the University of Saskatchewan is calling on the institution to establish a centre specifically tasked with addressing sexual assault. The Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CASA), which comprises both students and faculty, has submitted a proposal outlining how a dedicated centre would help fill a need for greater sexual assault awareness on campus. "We want the university to do more than write words on a page. That's not fundamentally going to make a bit of difference unless those policies are backed up with adequate resources so that the commitments expressed in those policies are translated into material change," said uSask professor and CASA member Liz Quinlan. The proposal suggests that the centre could act as a prevention response unit, capable of administering trauma therapy, collecting evidence, and keeping records to monitor sexual assault cases. VP Teaching and Learning Patti McDougall said that uSask is currently developing a 3-pronged approach to sexual assault, and is open to considering creating a sexual assault centre. StarPhoenix