Consent to the university

News 7 September, 2017
  • Dominique Scali

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 06:30

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 06:30

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    What is sexual consent ? How to act if someone tells me they have been a victim of sexual assault ? More and more people on campus want of training to answer these questions.

    “I think the last time we had [such a passion for the subject of sexual violence], that was when Nathalie Simard had broken the silence,” exclaims Melanie Sarroino, liaison officer for the Regroupement des Centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions sexuelles (RCALACS).


    In the year 2016-2017, the demand for trainings on sexual violence in the university environment has exploded. In total, the centres help members of the grouping have given the 1992 workshops on campus. This is an increase of over 400 % compared to the previous year, since only 395 workshops were given in 2015-2016.

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    Annie Girard

    The Newspaper was able to attend one of these courses at UQAM yesterday, where 11 participants were made to explain what are the sexual consent and the culture of rape by the trainer, Annie Girard, the Truce for Them.

    What to do when a young man addresses one of his colleagues, “good at kissing” on Facebook ? What to do when in a party, you see a young woman asleep in a bed, and a man close the door of the room behind him ? This is the kind of situation to which Ms. Girard could provide advice.

    Good news

    “As more and more people are asking for these courses, this is excellent news. It is thanks to all the media coverage it has had. With the campaign “No yes means no”, the assault at the University of Laval, and the case of Alice Package and all the reports on the activities of initiation [last fall] “, lists Mrs. Sarroino. There is also the minister Hélène David who will be submitting possibly a law on sexual violence in higher education.


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