This is a 6 page essay on sexual violence reviewing and summarizing the material in the sexual violence chapter of the book “3 Philosophy, An Introduction” by Elinor Mason.
This is a 6 page essay on sexual violence reviewing and summarizing the material in the sexual violence chapter of the book “3 Philosophy, An Introduction” by Elinor Mason. Needs to have some citations not too many but a detailed overview of the chapter please, and thanks!
Sexual violence has been, and to a large extent continues to be, shrouded in silence. However, the dynamics behind it, including its prevalence and horrific toll on individuals and societies, have been progressively better understood over the last two decades. With this issue, the Review intends to contribute to the discussion on how to further improve access to and quality of services to victims, while also crafting effective prevention strategies. The fight against sexual violence in armed conflict requires a cross-disciplinary effort, bringing together expertise from diverse areas such as health, political science, gender studies, history, law and ethics.
Review Co-Chairs Professor Linda Johnston, Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and Allison Burgess, Director of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, completed the consultation phase and analyzed the themes and principles that emerged. Their findings were presented to governance and their final report was submitted to the President, Provost, and Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity and Culture in July 2022.
Any policy changes resulting from the Review process will be presented to governance for approval in the fall of 2022.
The Review Co-Chairs reached out to student society leaders and other stakeholder groups for feedback during the consultation phase (October 2021-March 2022). Stakeholder groups including staff, faculty, individual students, and University leaders from across the tri-campus community represented diverse areas and backgrounds. Through their feedback, we are gaining a broad understanding of experiences with the Policy.
While the Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (the Policy) is the explicit subject of the review process, other components of the University’s response to sexual violence are considered to be part of the review as well. These include the Student’s Guide to the Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, and the supports and services available to the U of T community, including the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre.
Stakeholders met with the Co-Chairs and/or their delegates in a series of open consultations sessions (detailed below) as well as small group and individual meetings. Feedback was also collected through an online form posted to this consultation website.
Please direct any questions or comments related to the review process to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment came into effect on January 1, 2017 and applies to all students, staff, faculty, and librarians. The Policy outlines the University’s response to incidents of sexual violence involving members of the University community and the supports provided for those who have experienced sexual violence. The Policy is an important component of the University’s commitment that all members of the University community should have the ability to study, work, and live in a campus environment free from sexual violence, including sexual harassment.
Section VIII of the Policy states that “the University will conduct a review of this policy every three years that will include members of the University community, including students, staff and faculty, and will amend the Policy as appropriate.” As the last review took place in 2019, the review of the Policy must be completed again in 2022. Please refer here for information on previous reviews.
Due to their expertise in clinical practice, equity, and student services, Professor Linda Johnston, Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and Allison Burgess, Director of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, were appointed Co-Chairs of Review’s consultation phase.
Additionally, in September 2021, the Ontario government released a Provincial Announcement and updated regulations (Ontario Regulation 131/16 made under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act) with new requirements for sexual violence policies at publicly assisted colleges and universities. The government requirements are aligned with established practice at U of T under the current Policy. At that time, any technical changes limited to the requirements of the updated government regulations were brought forward to governance for approval.
In his Statement on Recent Concerns Regarding Sexual Violence, University President Meric Gertler requested that the Review expand its mandate to address four additional questions:
In addition to the open consultation sessions detailed below, the Co-Chairs met in closed feedback sessions with representatives of student advocacy groups and staff from various offices, administrators, frontline workers to gain feedback on their experiences with the Policy. A full list of those consulted will be available in the Report. Feedback was also collected via an online form.
The Review Co-Chairs hosted a total of 12 open consultation sessions for all U of T Community Members. In following public health guidance, all scheduled sessions were held virtually on Zoom with closed captioning available.
Separate sessions were held for students, faculty, and staff & librarians at each campus. Additionally, sessions were hosted for Black, Indigenous, and Racialized communities, 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and for Persons with Lived Experiences of disability to provide an opportunity for the Review Co-Chairs to hear a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. During the 90-minute sessions, participants:
Participants were invited to actively participate in four ways:
Counsellors were available during each session for any participant who required support. Additional resources can be found anytime at https://uoft.me/SeekSupport