“Sexual violence is not a campus issue or a postsecondary issue, it’s a societal issue. It extends beyond what we consider our traditional institutional boundaries. It’s a global issue. It’s something we need to deal with,” says Ian Crookshank, Dean of Students.
A “Building Stronger Pathways for Sexual Violence Survivors” seminar was held at North campus on June 13, 2019 and was hosted by Humber’s Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre, the Office of Student Conduct and the Department of Public Safety. The event brought together partners and Humber community members to discuss the issue and explore ways to support sexual violence survivors. “We need these partnerships and educational support in order to progress. This can look like a need for an in-depth sexual education curriculum, including teaching about consent and healthy relationships,” says Crookshank.
Humber provides various resources to help promote safety and well-being of its community members.
“We are building a culture of consent and prevention of sexual/gender-based violence on all our campuses. By partnering with community organizations, we know we can achieve stronger, supportive, and educational pathways both on and off campus for our community and all those impacted by violence,” says Jennifer Flood, Coordinator, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education.
Sexual violence impacts everyone, including men, women, children, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. However, women, particularly women with disabilities; Indigenous and racialized women; low-income women; and trans women are more likely to experience such violence.
Crookshank, in his remarks, mentioned the challenges that are associated with the current cultural and societal norms around masculinity and the role that it continues to play in sexual violence. “Sexual activity is seen as a conquest and not a collaboration. A massive cultural shift needs to happen, if we are going to make a real dent in the issues of sexual violence,” says Crookshank.
The Sexual Violence Prevention Education at Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber encompasses workshops, Consent Peer Education Program (CPEP) and also offers opportunities for those who would like to get involved and contribute to building a culture of consent on campus. The CPEP seeks to empower the campus community through reflective practices, social media campaigns, and empowerment initiatives in addition to proactive bystander intervention workshops. The program was created to support survivors, educate students in being active bystanders, and contribute to the conversation on consent.
The Gatehouse, one of Humber’s external partners, provides support, community, and resources for individuals impacted by childhood sexual abuse. “Setting a space for non-judgement, safety, compassion and empathy is so important to survivors of sexual abuse,” says Paula Cordeiro, ASIST trainer at The Gatehouse.
“It’s all about creating a safe space and feeling less alone in your pain, in your journey on the planet,” says Brad Hutchinson, Lead Trainer ASIST.
Any report of sexual violence is taken seriously and Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are committed to supporting survivors.
If you experience or witness an emergency on campus or are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the Department of Public Safety at 416-675-6622 ext. 4000 (available 24/7).
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