- Inspire willingness in students to be a part of sexual violence support & education programs.
- Promote bystander intervention and empower students with resources & knowledge to disrupt rape culture.
- Encourage healthy conversations among students around sexual violence & consent.
There is an increasing need to educate and protect students on sexual violence, safe dating practicing and addressing sexual violence. That’s why we’ve launched this campaign, by Centennial Students, for Centennial Students.
Upcoming Workshops & Events
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|Sexy Sexual Health Trivia. We use humour and tact to promote healthy and fun conversations about safer sex, consent relationships, and more! Participants are empowered to take care of their physical, emotional, and spiritual sexual health. You can also, WIN PRIZES!|
|Monday, November 29
|A Conversation on MMIWG2S Calls to Justice with Seán Kinsella, Director of the 8th Fire, Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations|
|Tuesday, November 30
|An interactive workshop on Environmental Justice where we’ll explore how the destruction of the environment is linked to gender-based violence.|
|Wednesday, December 1
|A film screening and discussion of the Canadian documentary “Undetectable” for World AIDS Day, hosted by Centennial Libraries|
|Wednesday, December 1
|A workshop on Building a Culture of Consent, an opportunity for participants to gain strategies and tools that can be used to support and build a safer campus environment, as well as learn how and when to intervene in situations where consent is not being upheld.|
|Thursday, December 2
|Conversations for Social Change: The Intersections of Gender-based Violence|
|Thursday, December 9
from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
|Unmute Workshop Facilitated by Theatre of the Beat, a Canadian touring theatre company working to catalyze conversations on social justice and gender-based violence.
Register here (limited spots available)
It includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism, non-consensual condom removing (stealthing), and sexual exploitation.
Forms of Sexual Violence
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation
- Unwanted exposure (in-person or online)
- Watching someone in a private act without their knowledge or consent
- Masturbating in public
- Whether it is committed, attempted or threatened against a person without consent.
Sexual assault is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Support Source: RAINN
- Consent is an enthusiastic YES.
- Consent is never assumed or implied.
- Consent can’t be legally given if you’re drunk or high.
- Consent can be withdrawn if someone changes their mind.
- Consent is not silence.
Support Source: Centennial College
Rape culture is not just about sexual violence itself, but about the cultural norms and institutions that protect perpetrators, promote exemptions from punishment, shame victims, and imply that victims or potential victims should make unreasonable sacrifices to avoid sexual assault.
Examples of rape culture can include:
- Blaming the victim (“She asked for it!”)
- Blaming the victim for their silence and taking it as a consent
- Trivializing sexual assault (“Boys will be boys!”)
- Sexually explicit jokes
- Tolerance of sexual harassment
- Defining “manhood” as dominant and sexually aggressive
- Defining “womanhood” as submissive and sexually passive
- Pressuring men to “score”
- Pressure on women to not appear “cold”
- Assuming only promiscuous people experience sexual violence
- The assumption that men do not experience sexual assault, or that only “weak” men experience sexual violence
- Refusing to take sexual violence accusations seriously
Support Source: Vox Media
Support Source: RAINN
Gender Based Violence
Cyber Sexual Assault
- Sexual comments or advances
- Attempts to obtain a sexual act
- Unwanted sexual acts
- Sexual coercion
- It can also be spreading rumours online, sending damaging messages, photos or videos, impersonation and much more. All these behaviours aim to damage a person’s feelings, self-esteem, reputation, and mental health.
Support Source: Sexual Violence Support & Prevention
Centennial College Safety & Security
- Campus Security Offices
- Emergency Helpline 416-439-4357 (HELP)
- Emergency Extension dial 2020 from any campus phone or 416-289-5000, ext. 2020
- Any yellow emergency phone on campus
Educational Videos & Web Pages
- Survivors of Sexual Violence | Can Ask Meh? – Listen to a few of the powerful stories of survivors of sexual violence.
- Sexual Assault, Consent and Sexual Harassment: What’s The Difference?
- The Widespread Effects of Sexual Assault – Ted Talk delivered by Tilly Musser
External Resources for Coping with Sexual Assault
- Good2Talk – Support service for secondary students
- WeConnect – Student Wellness Program
- Ontario – Get help if you are experiencing violence
- Toronto Central Healthline – Support for Victims of Sexual Assult & Violence
- Ending Violence Association of Canada – Sexual Assault Centres, Crisis Lines, and Support Services
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline 1-866-863-0511 or 1-866-863-7868 (TTY)
- Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse 1-866-887-0015
- Toronto Rape Crisis Centre 416-597-8808 or 416-597-1214 (TTY)
- Community Connection www.211toronto.ca
- Scarborough Hospital Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre 416-495-2555
- 519 Church Street Community Centre (LGBTQ Support) 416-392-6874
Note: This is a limited guide to a few resources that students can check out. This is in no way an endorsement, partnership or recommendation of the following groups and organizations.