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OISE prof lends expertise to University of Toronto’s work on sexual violence and prevention

September 7, 2016

Alumni Gates at the University of Toronto

On Wed., Sept. 7, the University of Toronto released a draft of its policy on sexual violence.

“This is a critically important area for all universities,” said OISE Professor Lana Stermac, member of the University of Toronto’s Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence.

Prof. Stermac has studied sexual violence against women and women’s education, and posttraumatic mental health. She has also worked as a psychologist with survivors of sexual violence.

She says the university’s report will serve as a “clear affirmation that sexual assault and harassment will not be tolerated on campus.”

Prof. Stermac was a member of the advisory group on the Presidential and Provostial Committee on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence, formed in 2014, which drafted a report to the President and Provost.

Of the recently released policy draft, she supports the university’s following statement:

“The Policy and Protocol would provide a comprehensive and user-friendly set of resources for both formal reporting and confidential disclosures and include the appropriate procedural safeguards for all involved parties, complainants and respondents.”

For more on the University of Toronto’s draft policy released Sept. 7, click here.


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