Sex assault support centre to open at Carleton

Carleton University says it will open a new sexual assault support centre in the wake of several reported sexual assaults last semester.
Advocates who wanted student-run centre upset over lack of input. 2:19

Carleton University has announced it will open a sexual assault support centre for students, staff and faculty on campus in the wake of three alleged sexual assaults last semester.

The university's coordinator of sexual assault services will head the centre, which will run out of Robertson Hall and focus on education, awareness campaigns and training.

An email to students Tuesday indicated the centre will include student-led education and support initiatives.

"We acknowledge that sexual assault is a reality in our society and that university campuses are not immune to it," the note also read.

There were three reported sexual assaults reported at Carleton in November.  One man, 18, was charged related to one of the alleged sexual assaults and another non-sexual assault.

Many students who wanted a student-run centre tell CBC News they are angry over the announcement. Those students met with the school's equity coordinator Wednesday morning about their concerns.

The school said it will also create an advisory group in the coming weeks run by Linda Capperauld, the director of equity services, which will involve students and faculty.