UWindsor launches tool to report sexual violence

The Leddy Library on the University of Windsor campus. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

The University of Windsor has a new tool for students to report sexual violence.

The university has partnered with REES (Respect, Education, Empower Survivors) to provide a centralized online reporting and information platform.

The tool has been customized for the university and includes crucial information about local resources and supports available to survivors of sexual violence.

“Sexualized violence is a range of behaviours that include misconduct, harassment, and assault, and can occur both in-person and in online spaces,” says Dusty Johnstone, Director of UWindsor’s Office of Sexual Violence, Resistance, and Support. “REES provides our campus community with a safe, secure, online platform for individuals to document their incident and empower themselves with the option of having their voice heard in whatever way they choose.”

There are three reporting options including anonymous report, connect to My campus and repeat perpetrator identification.

The REES tool is also used by the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University and University College of the North.

“Keeping our campus safe for all individuals in all spaces is crucial to maintaining a university community where every person is valued, respected, and heard,” says UWindsor President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Gordon.

The tool will be available when students return to campus this fall.