- The FECQ and the QSU welcomed the Minister's announcement of a governmental strategy to combat sexual violence;
- They stated their support for the financing announced by the Minister—$23 million over five years;
- They look forward to the debate on the framework law the Minister has promised;
- They remain steadfast in calling for the creation of metrics that will allow colleges and universities to assess the effectiveness of the measures they put in place;
- They welcomed the creation of centralized resource centers in postsecondary institutions, to improve survivor's access to necessary resources;
- The strategy is successful in placing the emphasis on supporting survivors.
MONTREAL, Aug. 22, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec and the Quebec Student Union (QSU), welcomed the announcement of the stratégie d'intervention pour prévenir et contrer les violences à caractère sexuel en enseignement supérieur. They are looking forward to the introduction of the Minister's framework law and reiterated their interest in ensuring that it imposes appropriate metrics on universities, allowing the ministry to track the measures it puts forward. Finally, they welcomed the creation of centralized resource centers on each campus and stated their strong support for the strategy's survivor-centric approach.
"We welcome the Minister's initiative. We are eager to build on it and move forward to the next step, the introduction of a framework law by the Minister. This law must be adopted before the end of this year," said Simon Telles, President of the Quebec Student Union (QSU).
"The Minister must include a clear responsibility for institutions in its framework law. It must ensure that they are accountable for the actions they take in the fight against sexual violence," said Jason St-Amour, President of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ).
"This strategy is an important step forward in supporting survivors through its creation of centralized resource centers on every campus and by ensuring that survivors will have access to all of the resources they need," Simon Telles, President of the QSU.
"We are continuing to wait to see what type of funding will be provided to colleges and universities to finance the installation of additional security infrastructure for students," Jason St-Amour, President of the FECQ.
About the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec
The Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) represents nearly 65,000 students from 22 CEGEPs across the province. For over 25 years, it has contributed to improving the academic and living conditions of college students in Quebec.
About the Quebec Student Union
The Quebec Student Union's mission is to defend the rights and interests of the student community, of its member associations, and of their members, by promoting, protecting, and ameliorating the conditions of students and those of local and international communities. It represents more than 79,000 university students from across Quebec.
SOURCE Québec Student Union
For further information: Alexandre Ducharme, Political Attaché for the QSU, (514) 497-2602, [email protected]; Dominik Boudreault Lapierre, Coordonnateur aux relations et aux communications de la FECQ, (514) 554-0576, [email protected]