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February 2021
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 …
January 2021
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 …
December 2020
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 …
December 2020
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 …
November 2020
Survivors Stories: Safe Space Winnipeg
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 by the hundreds of …
October 2020
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Another Pathway: Anonymous Reporting
Earlier this summer, a Winnipeg-based Instagram account was created to amplify the stories of survivors of sexual violence. The accounts following grew rapidly and within days, hundreds of people had shared their experience of sexual violence, posted to the account anonymously. Many of the submissions were about incidents that had …
September 2020
Nathan Dueck
Community and Sexual Violence on a Faith-based Campus
By Nathan Dueck | It is cliché to say that Canadian Mennonite University has a strong sense of community, but it is also true. Most of my classes have fewer than twenty students, many faculty have students over to their houses for meals throughout the year, and office doors are open …
August 2020
Nicole Leeson, Director of Campus Engagement and Mary Lobson, Founder of REES
We’re Here. We Hear You
By Mary Lobson | Photo Credit: Carla Buelow Photography | Since 2009, I have been involved with the Safety Net Project through the National Network to End Domestic Violence in Washington, D.C. For 10 years I was often one of only two Canadians attending their annual Training of Trainers (which later …
August 2020
Jess Spindler
Why Consider Reporting Sexual Violence?
By Jess Spindler | Photo Credit: Jenna Muirhead | If you have experienced sexual violence, the first thing you need to know is that it is not your fault. Acts of sexual violence are the responsibility of the perpetrator alone, and you are never to blame.  The second thing to know is that …