Half of Quebec’s CEGEPs embark on a major campaign to raise awareness and educate about sexual violence and the notion of consent. Half ? Others would lack funds to join the movement.
Of the 48 CEGEPs therefore, 25 will participate either in the campaign “Neither meat, nor object” created by students of the college of Sherbrooke, or in the campaign “Without yes, it is no!” Originating in the academic circles.
“In the wake of recent events … CEGEPs feel challenged and feel they have to do more,” says their federation CEO, Bernard Tremblay, who is visiting Sainte-Foy on Monday. The available budgets, however, would be insufficient for the wishes to materialize: “Cegeps are in dire need of psychosocial resources.”
“This is totally unacceptable,” criticizes Rose Crevier-Dagenais, president of the Federation etudiante collegiale du Quebec. The participation of post-secondary institutions in outreach programs should be mandatory and financially supported, she said.
“Yes, the culture of rape exists in Quebec,” she adds. “Sexual violence is everybody’s business.” To properly assess the magnitude of the problem, she calls on the government to quickly fund a comprehensive quantitative study.
After the universities, “it’s the turn of the college network to take the ball to the jump,” she rejoices.
In the region, the Cegep de Sainte-Foy, the college Garneau and the Levis-Lauzon school embark on the adventure.