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The Red Zone: Sexual Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions
Written by REES; The ‘Red Zone’ consists of the first six to eight weeks of the fall semester at post-secondary institutions, where the number of sexual assaults is heightened compared to other times of year. This time of year brings lots of new experiences for both returning and new students, such …
Campus Sexual Violence: The Ever-Evolving Epidemic
Written by Savannah Szocs; Returning to a post pandemic world is something that, 2 years ago, we never realized we’d have to be prepared for. The idea of a global pandemic, while feasible, is something none of us ever expected to truly experience. Recovering from trauma relating to sexual violence while …
Creating Safer Workplaces: Campus Faculty and Staff
Written by REES; In July 2021, Statistics Canada released a report with important information for post-secondary institutions about workplace harassment and sexual harassment specifically. 34% of women and 22% of men employed at post-secondary institutions experience some form of harassment in the preceding 12 months.Women faculty and researchers are 1.5 times more likely than …
The Importance of Immunity Policies
Written by REES; Over the past year, REES has partnered with colleges and universities to enhance their response to campus sexual violence. The REES platform is customized for each of our Campus Partners, with information about campus and community resources. REES also links to the institution’s sexual violence policy and procedures …
3 Questions about REES Frequently Asked by Post-Secondary Administrators
Written by REES; Over this past year, we have had many questions about REES, a simple, secure platform for reporting sexual violence. Sometimes there have been misconceptions about the features or functionality, so we thought we would take a moment to shed some light on three of the most common questions …
The Next Generation of Campus Sexual Violence Legislation: Minimum Standards
Written by Caitlin Salvino; Starting in 2016, after decades of student-led activism, provincial governments in Canada began to recognize the pervasiveness of sexual violence on post-secondary campuses and the need for intervention to provide non-criminal response mechanisms for survivors. In their response, provincial governments sought to mandate the creation of campus …
5 Mistakes Your Institution’s Online Reporting Form for Sexual Violence is Making
Written by REES; As most educational programs and student services are delivered online, many post-secondary institutions have implemented some form of online reporting for survivors of sexual violence.  Online reporting tools provide an additional way to get in touch with campus remotely, knowing a staff member equipped to handle disclosures of sexual …
Survivors Stories: Why Anti-Sexual Violence Work is Important
Guest Blog Written by @shareyourstorybing; Rape culture affects us all; it infiltrates and sickens the minds of well-meaning individuals, it distorts our perceptions of the world and each other, it contributes to the pain of countless survivors (and their friends and families), it allows for the dehumanization and degradation of those …
Survivors Stories: Allyship and Supporting Survivors
Guest Blog Written by @standrewssurvivors; We believe education, reflexivity, and empathy are important first steps in being good supporters of survivors, both personally and within the wider movement against sexual violence.  There are plenty of well-meaning people who misunderstand the experience of survivors, and while one can never truly understand what it …
Survivors Stories: Safe Space Winnipeg
Guest Blog Written by @safespacewpg; Initially when I had started Safe Space, it was simply to continue the important conversation, that was so bravely being held on Twitter, to Instagram. I saw this as an opportunity for these stories to be consensually seen and heard by greater numbers.  I was inspired …