A province-wide campaign that aims to support survivors of sexual assault was officially launched at Medicine Hat College today (Sept 20).
A province-wide campaign that aims to support survivors of sexual assault was officially launched at Medicine Hat College today (Sept 20). Now in its second year, the “I Believe You” campaign encourages survivors to speak out and for others to listen. Executive Director of the Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC), Christina Johnson, says believing is the first step in supporting survivors. “When someone has experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse, one of the biggest fears from reaching out and getting help is that they feel they will not be believed,” says Johnson, “So the most important and yet simple thing that we can do is say those three words, 'I believe you.'” MHC Associate Vice-President of Student Development, Irlanda Price, says spreading this message will help to create a safe campus for all students. She adds the College has also developed the first draft of its Sexual Violence Policy, which will be in place by the end of fall. Meanwhile, Johnson says awareness only continues to grow, as 83% of Albertans said they would believe a survivor following last year's campaign. - Jaelene Skaley
Irlanda Price, Associate Vice-President of Student Development, Medicine Hat College