Student group calls on Nova Scotia government to prevent sexualized violence on campus

A student organization is calling on the provincial Minister of Labour and Advanced Education to prevent sexualized violence on campus and to protect survivors.

The Canadian Federation of Students Nova Scotia (CFS-NS) says a letter signed by 650 students and allies was delivered to Kelly Regan on Tuesday.

The group says the Liberal government has backtracked on a commitment to student safety and blocked the passing of Bill 114.

The legislation would have required all post-secondary institutions to have sexual assault policies, to publicly report on cases of sexual assault, to report on the success of their initiatives to combat sexual assault and provide broad support to sexual assault resource centres.

CFS-NS says both the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP have introduced similar legislation since that time, but neither passed first reading. 

Charlotte Kiddell, chairperson of CFS-NS, says the government's failure to prioritize sexualized violence prevention is deeply insulting to survivors.