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“Sex without consent is rape”- The Message of Province’s On-Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Campaign

Victoria/Ottawa/Fraser Valley – “Sex without consent is rape” is the message of the Province’s sexual violence prevention campaign.  

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training has relaunched the “…Is Not Yes” campaign to increase awareness about sexual violence prevention and available supports for post-secondary students. Building on the 2019-20 campaign of the same name, and the student input that informed it, this campaign aims to reach more students through a larger online and on-campus presence.  

“Sexual violence has no place on our campuses,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “Understanding consent is one of the first steps to preventing sexual violence because only ‘yes’ means ‘yes’. The messages about sex, consent and sexual violence in this campaign are direct because students have told us loud and clear that we need to meet them in a thought-provoking and direct way.”

As nearly two-thirds of sexual assaults occur on campus during the first eight weeks of school, the campaign launched on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, and continues through October.

“Campuses must be safe places for everyone,” said Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity.

Digital advertisements are scheduled to run on major social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. To further the campaign’s reach, digital ads will run in Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi and English. The campaign will run in popular student restaurants and bars to display murals and print advertisements.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, contact VictimLinkBC, a toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling or texting 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca. You can also call your local police or 911.

To find out more about the “…Is Not Yes” campaign materials: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safe-campuses-bc/making-campuses-safe

To find out more about post-secondary sexual violence policies: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safe-campuses-bc/help-on-campus

To find out more about the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act: https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/16023_01

To find out more about BCcampus’s sexual violence prevention training resources: https://bccampus.ca/projects/wellness/preventing-sexual-violence/

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