CCSAI has launched a Sexual Violence Resource campaign to support our commitment to protecting students. Sexual violence is a growing issue, and we all play a role as bystanders in preventing it. Through this campaign, we aim to

  • 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.

Get Help Now | Immediate Sexual Violence Supports

 

Upcoming Workshops & Events

November 25
at 6:00 pm
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!

Register to attend.

Monday, November 29
from 1:00pm-2:00pm
 A Conversation on MMIWG2S Calls to Justice with Seán Kinsella, Director of the 8th Fire, Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations

Register here

Tuesday, November 30
from 1:00pm-2:00pm
An interactive workshop on Environmental Justice where we’ll explore how the destruction of the environment is linked to gender-based violence.

Register here

Wednesday, December 1
from 10:00am-12:30pm
A film screening and discussion of the Canadian documentary “Undetectable” for World AIDS Day, hosted by Centennial Libraries

Register here

Wednesday, December 1
from 3:30pm-5:00pm
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.

Register Here

Thursday, December 2
from 10:00am-11:30am
 Conversations for Social Change: The Intersections of Gender-based Violence

Register here

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)

 

Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is an umbrella term. It means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. 

It includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism, non-consensual condom removing (stealthing), and sexual exploitation. 

 

 

Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Forms of Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence can be:

  • Physical  
  • Psychological 
  • Verbal 
  • 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.

 

 

Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Sexual Assault
Any sexual contact or behaviour that takes place without absolute permission (consent) of the other party.  

Sexual assault is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. 

 

Support Source: RAINN

Consent
Consent is the complete voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be freely given by someone capable of giving consent.  

  • 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
A culture where sexual violence is treated as normal and victims are blamed for their own assaults. It can also be considered as beliefs or actions in a culture that encourages sexual aggression and supports violence. Rape culture often makes violence seem sexy, or okay.  

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

Bystander
A person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part or intervene.  A spectator, watcher or viewer of an incident. 

 

Support Source: RAINN

Gender Based Violence
Any form of violence such as abuse, assault or harassment towards a person or persons due to their gender identity, gender expression, or perceived gender. 
Cyber Sexual Assault
There is no universally accepted definition of cyber sexual violence. However, it can be described as using social media and communication for the following: 

  • 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 

External Resources for Coping with Sexual Assault

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.

 

 

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