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An action plan against sexual and gender-based violence at university implemented in October

The Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal announced this Tuesday, September 28 to the National Assembly the establishment in early October of a national action plan for “Stemming gender and sexual violence” in higher education and research.

“We have worked on the essential question of gender-based and sexual violence, I have heard many testimonies from students who are victims”, declared the minister before the committee of cultural affairs and education in the Assembly.

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According to her, “It is important to now collectively take a new step in the prevention and management of these situations of violence, which are unacceptable in higher education as elsewhere”.

“This is why I will present a national action plan at the beginning of October […] which will be based on 4 axes: a massive training and awareness plan, strengthening of existing systems, better communication and promotion of student and staff initiatives ”, she clarified.

“Zero tolerance will no longer be a simple principle”

This plan, “Long-term, will make it possible to stem the violence and allow any victim or witness to benefit from support and treatment adapted to the situation on all aspects, whether on the psychological side or the of legal support “, said the minister.

“Zero tolerance will no longer be a simple principle but will be a clear and unanimous line of conduct”, launched Frédérique Vidal.

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Last February, the #sciencesporcs movement launched by students claiming to be victims or witnesses of sexist behavior and violence in several institutes of political studies in France had swept over social networks.

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Immediately, Frédérique Vidal had launched an inspection mission, responsible for touring the ten IEPs and the seven campuses of the IEP in Paris. Handed over at the end of July, the recommendations of the inspectorate invited us to go beyond simple awareness to professionalize the monitoring and collection missions.

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