The heartless reality of reports of sexual assault on campus

While countless cases are becoming open, many survivors of sexual violence on campus are still struggling to close the campus

Stephanie Hale is one of the growing number of students who challenge the process after she reports her sexual assault on a university campus

When Hale first revealed his sexual assault on a student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in January 2013, she went to her counselor at home

It was not until February 2016 when it was sent to

She continued to see the assailants on campus and classes between her meeting and the committee meeting

The process included a group of students who were seen by teachers who could monitor violations and decide whether or not sexual assault had occurred. Between her and her members, Hale continued to see the assailants on campus and classes

In May 2017, the process was withdrawn in favour of policy 131

Despite the departure from UBC, Hale continues to fight her traumatized experience. Last August, she filed a human rights complaint against UBC. Hale's complaint focuses on the fact that the university does not send it to the appropriate school policy. It also leads to the destructive effects of a trial process based on a peer-to-peer process

The University responded, stating that the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, "denies that it has violated [ the Human Rights Code], as it is alleged in the complaint or at all."

The case is currently under consideration by the Human Rights Tribunal of British Columbia. If he decides to accept the complaint, the parties may decide to settle or proceed to a hearing

For Hale, filing a complaint provides her with an opportunity to close a more meaningful path than civil action. " The Court has the power to order the UBC to change its own policy. When I was considering a lawsuit, the only thing I could get from this is money, and that's not what I want. I want to see the change. "

However, the road to the creation of a new policy proves time and again to be filled with challenges

" Universities worry about what they look like. I think that's what's going on in the end. "

Lucia Lorenzi is one of the scientists in the group of experts who advised on the new UBC policy. "I think there's always a reluctance to change, "-shared Lorenzi. "In the end, I think the universities are worried about what they look like, and which corporations and alumni and future students will think about the campus."

The temptation to comb the school image may be hard to reject, especially when

A year after the implementation of policy 131 and

In the silence of many institutions of higher education, it is now possible to open an important dialogue

 "I don't want future victims to go through what I've been through ..."

It is encouraging that this change is because many people live in situations of sexual violence. However, there is also the possibility to create an unconditional change. "I don't want no future victim to go through what I had to go through to protect myself," Hale said. "I want UBC to have a suitable system to fight this kind of crime in the future," she concluded. "I want to end the rape."

If you've been sexually assaulted, and you need help, use it

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As a writer and actor, Mika is very passionate about using media to inspire and create positive changes