Paris 1 College adopts a brand new mechanism to stop gender-based and sexual violence

The institution already had a system in place to deal with such bullying, but it was little known, especially to students. The university is working with the student body to improve the whistleblowing process and provide support to victims.

“Will I have a problem?”, “Can the bully be disciplined?” : to answer these questions frequently asked by sexists and victims of sexual violence, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University launches a new prevention system.

“We wanted to develop this system this year because Paris 1 University, like any other institution, is aware of the problems and is concerned about optimally supporting victims. We had to improve the system by creating a reporting platform. a form that can be anonymous and processed”Soraya Messai Bahri, Vice President of Human Resources at Paris 1 University, says.

Thus, a platform consisting of two forms designed for students and employees of the institution was launched.

The warning is then handled by a three-person preliminary committee that decides whether to pursue an appeal. “This may result in an appeal to the disciplinary commission or even to the public prosecutor”Ms. Messai Bahri continues.

This system is in addition to a precedent that dates back several years. Didn’t he have fame? According to him, only a few reports have been submitted by staff and students in the last 18 months.

The new system was developed with the student organization: Syndicat Alternative Paris 1 (SAP1). Among their demands (heard) is a partnership with an outside organization. Women’s Safety Association also collects complaints and above all provides psychological support.

“The current device was faulty and little was known to the students. Last year we received a petition for a more effective surveillance device. We also got that at least one member of each association of the university should be trained in the prevention of gender-based diseases and sexual violence. “Pleases the elected representative of SAP1.

This young union member remembers that most of the aggression happened between students, especially in the evening.

Polytechnique, Saint-Cyr, École Normale Supérieure or the Paris Conservatoire: many schools have been rocked by cases of sexual violence and rape. An internal survey of the CentraleSupélec engineering school revealed numerous reports. After these cases, the prosecutor’s office of Evry (Essonne) launched several investigations into the fact of rape in four large schools located on the Saclay plateau. “a few complaints”.

in Paris 1, “The desire of the university rector is that if facts of this nature have occurred, speech should be freed. But we do not know the extent or nature of the reports that we can collect.”Summarizes Soraya Messai Bahri.

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