Colleges applaud commitment to improve help-line services for sexual assaults

Ontario’s colleges applaud the Wynne government’s announcement today that it will act on the colleges’ recommendation to improve provincial help-line services for survivors of sexual assaults.

“Throughout our consultations on a new stand-alone policy on sexual assault for Ontario’s colleges, it has been clear that emergency help-line services need to be improved,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “The government’s announcement today will help strengthen the support available to survivors.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly released today the government’s provincial action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment in Ontario. The plan includes measures to raise public awareness, improve training throughout the public sector and to improve safety on Ontario’s post-secondary campuses and in workplaces.

The plan includes new measures to address a request from college presidents for improvements to emergency help-line services to better support survivors throughout the province. The government’s action plan calls for existing help lines to be coordinated and integrated.

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