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The YWCA Montreal has created resources to help foster high schools and post-secondary institutions free of sexual and gendered violence for all students and personnel!
Has your educational institution put in place a mandate to prevent sexual violence? This website provides various tools and resources to make your sexual violence prevention and intervention work much easier.
In recent years, statistics and social movements have revealed the prevalence of sexual violence in college and university settings. To respond to this issue, the Quebec government put in place an Act to prevent and fight sexual violence in higher education institutions. Since it is not always easy to access ready-made resources to counteract sexual violence, we have developed and compiled a few, just for you!
You will find instructional documents, informational posters and ready-to-go workshops that can be used both for students and staff. Learn more about sexual violence prevention, intersectional approaches, helpful reactions to disclosures, bystander intervention strategies, and so much more.
Each tool contains instructional notes to assist with workshop facilitation. These notes consist of suggestions to help the facilitator adapt to different contexts.
We recognize that offering activities around the issue of sexual violence can be very difficult! This is why we advise you to be well prepared by consulting all of the suggested tools and recommended resources, before facilitating a workshop. Lacking the relevant knowledge and/or necessary skills pertaining to sexual violence intervention/prevention could have detrimental impacts on workshop participants.
Let’s start by gaining an understanding of the fundamental concepts of sexual violence. In this section, our objective is to ensure that everyone has the same understanding of the issue.
All types of sexual violence
- Better understand and identify sexual violence.
- Provide fundamental knowledge about sexual violence.
Can you differentiate between different types of sexual violence? Identify the nuances so that survivors and perpetrators can be better informed.
- Test knowledge about sexual violence.
Test your participants’ understanding of the different types of sexual violence before or after providing them with the definitions.
- Impacts of sexual violence on overall health and well-being
- Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Inform participants of the impacts of sexual violence.
- Highlight that the impacts are not dependent on the nature of the sexual violence incurred.
Learn about the impacts of sexual violence and the importance of acting to prevent it.
Compliment the activity by circulating an informational poster highlighting the different impacts that sexual violence can have.
Updated version of the poster posted online on: Mar. 21, 2022
Once you have a good grasp of the key concepts, it is important to understand the complex issues related to sexual violence. This will allow you to better identify the factors that contribute to its prevalence in society.
Different types of abuses of power
- Broaden your understanding of sexual violence.
- Understand that sexual violence does not necessarily imply physical assault.
- Learn to identify abusive behaviour.
A quiz activity to better identify the different types of abusive behaviours connected with sexual violence.
- The concept of intersectionality
- Realities of certain marginalized groups with respect to sexual violence and the barriers they face when attempting to access support resources.
- Recognize how sexual violence is intertwined with oppressive social structures.
- Establish the reflex of thinking about the intersections of oppression when developing prevention, intervention and/or advocacy strategies regarding sexual violence.
Discover how sexual violence intertwines with oppressive social structures and the elements that need to be taken into account with respect to intersectional prevention and intervention methods.
Along with working to prevent sexual violence, it is essential that survivors receive adequate support. The quality of support provided can considerably affect a survivor’s physical and mental health. This section contains educational activities as well as a list of resources to facilitate adequate accompaniment and advocacy for survivors.
- Helpful reactions to disclosures
- Harmful reactions to disclosures
- Learn about helpful versus harmful reactions to disclosures of sexual violence.
- Recognize to what extent a response to a disclosure can either encourage or interfere with the healing process of the survivor.
- Practice helpful reactions through role-play.
Is your response to a disclosure of sexual violence helpful or harmful? Assess your knowledge using this quiz activity.
- The 5 Ds of bystander intervention
- Concrete intervention options for bystanders witnessing sexual violence
- Learn about the different ways to intervene.
- Give participants the power to act when they witness sexual violence or harassment.
- Try out the 5 Ds of bystander intervention within different scenarios.
Learn about the different ways to intervene when witnessing an instance of sexual violence or harassment.
Sexual violence is a sensitive topic. As such, it is important to respect your own limits, to take care of yourself and to delegate tasks if the responsibilities pertaining to sexual violence intervention/prevention prove to be challenging.
Several organizations, including the YWCA Montreal, can share the load and facilitate workshops at different locations. Do not hesitate to ask for help.
Always have key resources at hand pertaining to sexual violence support services in Quebec.
The following resources offer services to everyone, except when a specific target age, gender or audience is indicated.
1-888-933-9007 (everywhere in Québec)
514-933-9007 (Montréal region)
CALACS are present in several regions. Visit their website to find out which CALACS is closest to you and its opening hours.
(Email from the CALACS group. See their website for the email address of the CALACS in your region).
Online chat and self-help platform
1-844-662-6755 (Joliette et Repentigny)
450-755-6755 (Joliette et Repentigny)
1-819-564-5127 (Estrie and Montérégie)
450-656-6524 (Estrie and Montérégie)
1 800 567-1465 (everywhere in Québec)
1 800 567-1477 (teleprinter)
Free. Confidential. 24/7
The organization offers a list of resources across the province. Visit their website to find out which ones are in your area.
514 933-4688 (Montréal area)
1 866 403-4688 (everywhere in Canada)
CAVACs are present in several regions of Quebec. Visit the website to find the CAVAC nearest you and its opening hours.
IVAC is present in several regions across Quebec. Visit the website to find out which IVAC is closest to you and its opening hours.
1 800 561-4822 (everywhere in Canada)
514 906-3019 (Montréal area)
For any emergency or to report an act of violence you have experienced or witnessed, you can call 911 or contact your local police department, if you are comfortable with police intervention.
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