Minister hears about campus work against sexual violence

Charlene Senn, Ryan Flannagan, Dusty Johnstone, Indira Naidoo-HarrisOntario Minister for the Status of Women Indira Naidoo-Harris (right) hears from Charlene Senn, Ryan Flannagan, and Dusty Johnstone about initiatives the University is taking to combat sexual violence.

A visit to campus Tuesday provided the provincial minister of the status of women with an update on the steps the University of Windsor is taking to deal with sexual assault.

Indira Naidoo-Harris met with officials engaged in projects to prevent and respond to sexual violence, and said afterward she gained a better understanding of the available supports and services.

“My concern is about the safety of students on campus,” she said. “It has been great to get a sense of what the university is doing so students can concentrate on what they’re here for — their studies.”

Dusty Johnstone of the UWindsor sexual misconduct response and prevention office, psychology professor Charlene Senn, and Ryan Flannagan, associate vice-president, student experience, described the University’s policies and related projects like the Bystander Initiative and the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) program.

“We focused on the supports that we offer to survivors, how we liaise with the community, and what resources we feel are needed to bolster support,” said Dr. Johnstone. “I believe that we have much to be proud of.”