Human Rights Office commits to action against sexual assault… Watch for the KFACC Sexual Assault/Partner Abuse Protocol re-launch!
On May 5th, the Human Rights Office will reaffirm its commitment to assisting survivors of sexual assault and partner abuse on campus by participating, as a member of the Kingston Frontenac Anti Violence Coordinating Committee, in the commemoration of our community’s ongoing collective response to domestic and sexual violence. Queen’s is a signatory partner of the Sexual Assault Protocol, and Associate agency in the Partner Abuse Protocol for the City of Kingston and Frontenac County.
Signatories, special presenters and honoured guests will reflect on the importance of working together to better serve victims and survivors of sexual violence and partner abuse, as the described in the protocols. The Protocols outline best practices for coordinated responses to reports of sexual assault/partner abuse in the community.
Sexual assault is as an underreported and serious crime affecting people of all backgrounds in the Kingston community. It is a crime that affects men as well as women, though the Protocols recognize gender-based trends related to sexual assault/partner abuse; according to Statistics Canada, women are 11 times more likely to be victims of sexual assault and 3 times more likely to be victims of criminal harassment.
The HRO has been a member of the Kingston and Frontenac Anti-Violence Coordinating Committee since 1998