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In Grenoble, a new collaborative process set up to fight sexual and gender-based violence

Lutte contre les violences sexuelles et sexistes : un nouveau dispositif collaboratif à Grenoble
Published on
29 October 2021

Initiated by Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), the Grenoble Public Prosecutor's Office has taken up the subject of cases of sexual and sexist violence (VSS), and has just signed a partnership agreement with the Direction Départementale de la Sécurité Publique (Departmental Direction of Public Security so called DDSP), the France Victimes 38 Association and GEM, alongside Université Grenoble Alpes, Sciences Po Grenoble, Grenoble INP, ENSA Grenoble and Grenoble’s CROUS* . Objective: to establish a secure legal framework to address reports of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) suffered by students.

Any report of a SGBV with an established seriousness will be sent to Grenoble Public Prosecutor's, who is in charge of assessing the next steps of the report and a possible investigation opening by the DDSP. Presumed victims will be systematically offered a free legal and psychological support by the France Victimes 38 Association.

The system guarantees the confidentiality for alleged victims and persons who have reported the facts, in compliance with the judicial process. It is complementary to each existing processes from partner institutions.

Focusing on GEM, its own process allows a report via a secure platform . Each report is then handled by the SGBV Alert Unit launched by the School more than a year ago.

Main processes to fight SGBV at GEM:

Driving force on VSS and gender equality issues, GEM Business School has:

  • Has created a year ago its SGBV Unit for GEM students. This unit allows subsequently the school to open its SGBV reporting platform.
  • Has launched in March 2020 the "Care Line GEM for me" for students: a psychological support telephone line in 14 languages and medical teleconsultation services in 5 languages (free and confidential 24/7).
  • Yearly trains and raises awareness of students regarding the sexual and gender-based violence issues during back-to-school time through courses on Professional Behavior and Psycho-sociological Risks.
  • Runs a Chair called Women and Economic Renewal which regularly publishes its work on the subject and carries out an annual "barometer of sexism and violence against GEM students"
  • Offers every year related exhibitions, workshops and reflexions during the International Women’s Rights Day as in 2021, 2020 and 2019 for instance.
Processes to fight sexual and gender-based violence at GEM come from the fight against gender-based inequalities led by the school since 2017 and identified as one of its 5 grand engagements as a Sociéte à Mission. Learn more on:

*A French institution that pays scholarships on social criteria for students studying after their baccalaureate

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