October 29, 2015 2:47 pm
Updated: October 29, 2015 2:50 pm

University of Calgary launches sexual assault prevention project

FILE: A photo showing the University of Calgary campus in the summer. June 2010.

Photographer: Riley Brandt / University of Calgary
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CALGARY – The University of Calgary has launched a new program aimed at ending sexual assault.

Creators say the new program, called Creating a Culture of Consent, focuses on educating the campus community about consent.

“While education methods focusing on self-defence and risk reduction have been the go-to for institutions wanting to curb sexual assault on campuses in the past, this project aims to stop sexual assaults before they start by focusing on consent education and awareness-raising,” explained a Thursday news release.

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The program was created by the University of Calgary’s Women’s Resource Centre (WRC), in partnership with the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club (CASE).

“Sexual assault is severely under-reported — less than one in 10 assaults are reported in Canada according to Statistics Canada,” said WRC coordinator Nanako Furuyama. “This project aims to create a campus culture where victim blaming is no longer tolerated and to make the campus an environment where survivors will feel supported regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation and relationship status.”

The Creating a Culture of Consent program will offer educational workshops, high-profile speakers and enhancements of peer support services.

The program is funded by the Students’ Union Quality Money initiative.

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