Toronto College Students Want Audit after Third Sex Attack

Published: January 17, 2008

TORONTO – Students at York University are demanding school administrators re-examine security after a student was sexually assaulted on campus. This is the third attack of its kind since the school year started.

A 20-year-old woman told police she was assaulted in the stairwell at Founders College on Jan. 11 around 8:30 p.m. Currently, police are searching for one suspect.

However, students at the school did not take the information lightly. Last September, two 19-year-old women were attacked in their rooms while they were sleeping. There was a two-week investigation that led to the arrests of two 25-year-old men. The recent attack took place two days before 22 residence watch security officers were scheduled to go on duty.

The student unions at the university feel that even with security upgrades, the campus is not safe and are asking for an audit for campus security. They are requesting school administrators use an organization called Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), a group that lobbies for policy changes and improvements to social services. METRAC is also an advocate against women and children’s violence.

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Kelly Holloway, a representative of the student association, said the student groups want a consultant to conduct a safety audit to offer a more comprehensive understanding of violence on York’s campus.

University officials said they are considering consultants; however, they maintain that the main priority is continuing to beef up security, which will include the installation of Web cameras across the campus.

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