Below is a joint statement by the Division of Student Affairs, the AMS, and SGPS that has been e-mailed to all students.

In addition, here is Principal Woolf’s statement on student sexual violence survey: https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/principal-s-statement-student-sexual-violence-survey

 

To all students,

The Ontario government has released a summary report from the 2018 Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey.

More than 160,000 post-secondary students completed this province-wide voluntary survey last spring. Echoing Principal Woolf’s statement, we want to thank all Queen’s students who took part. We recognize this might have been very difficult for some students. Your voices are very important in helping us better understand student perceptions and experiences of sexual violence, and identify areas where we can improve our supports and services.

No one should have to experience sexual violence of any kind. We know that sexual violence is generally underreported, and we hope those who have experienced some form of sexual violence feel they are able to access services and supports.

We are committed to continuing to work collaboratively to raise awareness about the resources available. We will use the survey results to enhance our prevention and support initiatives, as well as our processes for responding to incidents of sexual violence.

You will likely see media and social media coverage of the survey results in the coming days.  We want to take this opportunity to remind you of the supports and services available to all students. We have an easy-to-use webpage that explains how to get help and give help.

Sincerely,

Ann, Munro, and Catrina

 

Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

Munro Watters, AMS Vice-President (University Affairs)

Catrina Mavrigianakis, SGPS Equity and Diversity Commissioner

 

Any student in need of support is encouraged to contact:

  • Barb Lotan, the university’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator at 613-533-6330 or bjl7@queensu.ca
  • Good2Talk, a 24/7 confidential and anonymous post-secondary student helpline at 1-866-925-5454
  • Student Wellness Services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264
  • Faith and Spiritual Life at 613-533-2186
  • The AMS Peer Support Centre in JDUC Room 34
  • Sexual Assault Centre Kingston 24/7 Crisis Line at 613-544-6424

 

Please direct all media inquiries to Rachael Heleniak, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850


BACKGROUNDER

Alma Mater Society (AMS) – http://www.myams.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 17,750 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 800 paid staff.