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Sexual Violence Awareness

Bow Valley College is committed to increasing awareness of sexual violence and supporting a culture of respect. There are different participation and learning opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to promote awareness of sexual violence. This includes learning more about available on- and off-campus supports, exploring how to support those who have been impacted by sexual violence and looking at how you can be a part of supporting culture of consent at Bow Valley College.

Spring/Summer Term (May-August):

May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month 

Every May, members of the community work to raise awareness about sexual violence, challenge attitudes and beliefs, and support a culture of consent.

This year, Bow Valley College is participating in the efforts to raise awareness and create change. Change can start with all of us.

The College is teaming up with Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary and we are offering a series of initiatives to create communities of care on their campuses and end sexual violence. Visit our collaboration website to learn more here.

Questions? Contact Erin Kordich, Sexual Violence Response Advisor, at ekordich@bowvalleycollege.ca.


Events:

#SurvivorLoveLetter Campaign

“Survivor Love Letters is a movement for survivors of sexual assault and their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. It was started by filmmaker and activist Tani Ikeda in 2012 on the anniversary of her rape where she penned a letter to her younger self that ended with the words: 'this is my survivor love letter.'" (survivorloveletter.com).

You are invited to write messages and create art that celebrates survivorship and show survivors that they are believed, supported and loved. This is the third year that these three post-secondary institutions will be engaging in the #SurvivorLoveLetter campaign.

Love letters can be done in any medium (such as a message, drawing, painting, photography, music, or spoken word). They can be submitted individually or by a group, such as a club, team, faculty or department.

Submissions will be posted for Sexual Violence Awareness Month throughout May on MRU, U of C, and BVC social media accounts.

Additional submission information can be found on the collaboration website here.

Click here to access the letter submission form.


Rethinking Consent: Creating Communities of Care Workshop

Presented by BVC, MRU, and U of C.

This is a two-part workshop where participants will rethink and move beyond traditional teaching about consent. Consent is more than just intimate and sexual encounters, it is a part of how we show respect and care in our everyday interactions as well.

This workshop will explore what consent looks like in all our relations and encounters, breaking down what it means to ask for consent, as well as to make refusals. We ask, how can we work individually and collectively to hold space for awkward and difficult feelings to ensure we are all safe?

Participants will leave with actionable steps they can take to promote consent and create communities of care. Participants will receive a Certificate.

Additional workshop information can be found on the collaboration website here.

Workshop dates

Mondays | May 10 & 17 12-1:45pm [For Students] Registration Link

Wednesdays | May 12 & 19 6-7:45pm [For Students] Registration Link

Thursdays | May 13 & 20

1-2:45pm {For Staff & Faculty] Registration Link


Additional Events:

Lunch and Learn: Sexual Violence Policy Updates for Staff and Faculty

When: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 12:30pm-1:30pm on MS Teams.

The College recently completed updates on the Sexual Violence Policy and Procedure, and we would like to discuss how these changes affect you and your role in supporting learners impacted by sexual violence.

Registration Required. Workshop Registration Link


Social Media

Throughout the month of May we will be posting on Bow Valley College social media account to promote learning and awareness.

Follow:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram


Fall Term (September-December):
  • Family Violence Prevention Month (November)
  • 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25-December 10)

More information coming Fall 2021.


Online Trainings on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence:

About:Bow Valley College has developed a training to inform and empower students, staff and faculty to receive and respond supportively to disclosures of sexual violence.

For Students:

Training Name: Supporting Disclosures of Sexual Violence Training – Students

Where: D2L Brightspace (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/bvc-login)

About: This training has been developed to inform students about what sexual violence and consent are, develop knowledge and skills in how to support someone who has disclosed sexual violence on-campus and provide resource information.

How to Register: Self-registration.

Read the instructions on how to register

For Staff and Faculty:

Training Name: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence - Staff

Where: D2L Brightspace (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/bvc-login)

About: This training has been developed to inform staff and faculty about what sexual violence is and develop knowledge and skills in how to support a learner who has disclosed sexual violence and provide resource information.

How to Register: Self-registration.

Read the instructions on how to register
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For more information or questions, contact:
Erin Kordich, Sexual Violence Response Advisor

ekordich@bowvalleycollege.ca

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