Our Turn Action Plan
“This movement has always been student-led”
The Ryerson Students Union is proud to support the ‘OurTurn’ National Student Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence. Today we join over twenty student unions from eight provinces across Canada.
The ‘OurTurn’ National Student Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence began as a project by a handful of students from Carleton University, and later developed through the help of the Student’s Society of McGill University (SSMU), as a direct response hold universities, colleges, and governments across Canada accountable for the continued failure to protect and support Survivors of Sexual Violence.
The attached document is the ‘OurTurn’ National Student Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence. The OurTurn National Action Plan was envisioned to be a first step; it was an Action Plan to create social and institutional change through evidence-based programs and effective action. The goal of its development was the need to centralize the voices of students and survivors in discussions of campus sexual violence. We believed that as students we were, and continue to be, uniquely positioned to take action to address the crisis of sexual violence on Canadian campuses. It was to be more than just a policy document, consolidating best practices from student activists from across the country to present a comprehensive Action Plan for students. It gives campus student leaders tools and direction created by student survivors to make meaningful change that will make their universities safer places to study, work, and live.
The Action Plan is comprised of the following guiding principles:
→ A Survivor-Centered Approach
→ Acknowledging the Existence of Rape Culture
→ Affirmative Consent and Consent Culture
→ A Trauma-Informed Approach
→ Inclusivity and Accessibility
→ Collaboration and Integration
→ Labour That is Financially Compensated
→ Gender Sensitivity and Gender Inclusivity
The ‘OurTurn’ National Student Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence has united student unions and groups across the country to advocate for safer campuses and Survivor’s rights, as well as centering the voices of students and student Survivors.