Add BC to the list of provinces to announce legislation to force universities to bring in sexual assault policies.
It follows complaints that universities, including the University of British Columbia, have failed women who made complaints.
The bill, tabled today in the legislature by Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson, should come into effect a year after it gets royal assent.
The announcement follows a human rights complaint over how the UBC has dealt with allegations of sexual assault.
Daisy Kler from the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter says the legislation is a step in the right direction, but questions remain over how perpetrators going to be held accountable, and what would the relationship between the univeristy’s policy and the criminal justice system actually look like.
“Less than 1% of women get a criminal conviction when it comes to sexual assault, so there’s a lot of room there for a process to be created, like a policy and a process at university that has no relationship to the criminal justice system.”
An independent report released earlier this year found staff at the university were in the dark about what to do when a sexual assault complaint is made.
That confusion led to one case where one woman’s sexual assault allegations weren’t dealt with for 10 months.