KEEP THE CONVERSATION FLOWING Listening to feedback will play a crucial role in how these kinds of policies will affect those they are geared towards. Hopes that the Quebec government will re-evaluate the situation after the policy and bill are implemented are high. Having a policy in place is great, but as Sutherland said, “It’s not an endpoint of the process.” Especially when there is still so much work to do. Sexual violence isn’t a new issue, but it’s only now that people are starting to pay attention. It’s almost inescapable. With post after post from survivors sharing their stories, our feeds overflow with allegations against Hollywood bigshots or members of our own communities. Maybe this will be a turning point. Maybe this policy will incite change—whether directly through its laws or indirectly through the reaction of Quebecers. The danger perhaps is that another policy will be put into motion with no follow-up to come afterwards. “There should be a plan in place to look at these policies and see if they’re still upholding the safety and the dignity and the well-being of students,” Sutherland points out. And if we’re to do that, it’s going to take a lot more than 23 million. It’s going to take energy, time and dedication. But the value in finding solutions to this issue is worth far more than the money.
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