Quebec Government Turning to Education System for Prevention of Sexual Assaults
by jpd95 on March 16, 2015 - 9:48pm
Geoffrey Vandeville wrote in his article about the Quebec Federation of Women wanting the government to implement sex-education courses in every grade of every school across the province. As Vandeville writes in the article, the current government stated that it had the intention of modifying the current program when it comes to sexual education.
In 2005, the Charest government slashed the sexual education classes across the province under education reform. The current government has also shared its intention of implementing a “pilot project” in schools in the next school year to try to bring sexual education back into the classes.
The President of the Quebec Federation of Women, Alexa Conradi, stated “It doesn’t have to be about sexuality in daycare, of course, but it can be about challenging stereotypes, challenging the hyper-sexualization of little girls, challenging the idea of a certain kind of masculinity.” She went on to say the daycare workers should start encouraging young children to question gender stereotypes, she firmly believes this should start at a young age.
The Quebec government decided to revise the current action plan after the Jian Ghomeshi scandal erupted last year. The government is looking for ways to prevent sexual assaults against women and Conradi is a firm believer that in order for the government to be able to successfully reach its goal, it needs to approach it through the educational system. Conradi also states “one-in-three women in Quebec, including herself, has experienced some kind of sexual harassment.” The Quebec minister responsible for the status of women, Stéphanie Vallée, agrees with Conradi that prevention does in fact go through education.
The Montreal Sexual Assault Centre is currently looking for female volunteers comfortable speaking both English and French. If you are interested in volunteering for this organization please visit their website for all information. For a brief overview of the volunteering opportunity, visit the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal website.