New MB campus sexual violence legislation praised by students

October 17, 2016

A new bill introduced by the Manitoba Government would require all of the province’s PSE institutions to have appropriate policies and procedures to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus. The new legislation would reportedly also include a definition of sexual violence and extend the scope of such violence to harassment via social media, in addition to setting new requirements for institutions to raise awareness and communicate the availability of services and supports. The legislation has garnered strong support from the Canadian Federation of Students, whose MB Chairperson Michael Barkman has stated, “We are happy to see that the Progressive Conservative government has tabled legislation that will protect students on our campuses and move our public institutions to challenge rape culture and proactively replace it with a culture of consent.” NationTalk | Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription required)