May is Sexual Assault Prevention Month
May is Sexual Assault Prevention Month in the province of Ontario. In a campus wide communication, the offices of Human Rights, Campus Security, Health, Counseling and Disability Services, along with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, are encouraging all members of the Queen's community to educate themselves about this devastating form of violence that affects the lives of many members of our community.
Statistics continue to confirm that women and girls are most likely to experience sexual violence - typically at the hands of men who are known to them. Sexual violence in the workplace is another issue that is receiving greater attention; in 2004 Statistics Canada reported that 24 per cent of all physical assaults in the workplace involved sexual violence including unwanted/forced sexual touching, kissing, grabbing or intercourse. It is also well established that women with disabilities, racialized women, First Nations women and members of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans communities are often at greatest risk of being sexually assaulted.
Of particular note is a recent landmark case of sexual assault involving Lori Dupont, a nurse who was assaulted and died at work. This case has generated many changes in how organizations must address this issue. Details of her case can be found at www.queensu.ca/humanrights/hreb/roundup%203/index.htm
Two fact sheets, one on workplace violence, Workplace Violence: What you can do About it http://www.queensu.ca/security/news/violence.html and "Stalking: What you Should Know" www.queensu.ca/humanrights/publications/antistalking.htm may be helpful in alerting community members to potential violence in the workplace.