Sexualized Violence Awareness Week (SVAW) is a collaboration between the Anti-Violence Project, the UVic Student Society, and the Office of Student Life. This year the sexualized violence resource office and PEERS Victoria joined the collaboration. SVAW is an annual event that started in 2014 to engage people on campus in talking and learning about how we can come together as a community to work towards preventing sexualized violence. All events (including keynote, workshops, and tabling) are open to everyone, not just students.
Surviving in the Intersections – A Sexualized Violence Prevention Event
Featuring Darnell Moore
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Farquhar auditorium
+ Info fair, 5:30 PM, in the lobby
***”Surviving in the Intersections: A Sexualized Violence Prevention Event” was originally scheduled for Sept 20th as part of Sexualized Violence Awareness Week, but had to be postponed due to a medical emergency with the keynote speaker. We have now confirmed the new date.
Join in the discussion on how we can prevent sexualized violence and discrimination in our community! Surviving in the Intersections features keynote speaker Darnell Moore, a renowned social justice educator whose work addresses how violence impacts different intersections of identity based on race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. This event will also feature a panel presentation on sexualized violence in the sex industry with Peers Victoria, and an information fair beginning at 5:30 PM in the lobby with campus and community groups that work to address sexualized violence.
Tickets for this event are free or at a sliding scale ($0-15) and can be reserved at https://tickets.uvic.ca or at the UVic Ticket Centre in the University Centre Building lobby. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/getconsent.
We’re working on being better at our accessibility practices. We don’t have everything right and we’re excited to get better.
- The Farquhar auditorium is inside the University Centre building. There is a map at http://www.uvic.ca/auditorium/home/maps-directions
- The University Centre building and the Farquhar auditorium are wheelchair-accessible, including washrooms and the ticket counter. There are designated disability parking spaces in front of the University Centre and in underground parking underneath the University Centre with elevator access.
- A gender-inclusive and accessible single-stall washroom is available on the second floor and can be accessed via elevator.
- There are seating areas at the back, and middle of the main floor set aside for people who need space for mobility devices. For a map see
- If you need a care aid or other individual to accompany you, you do not need to buy a ticket for them (i.e., their admission to the event is free).
- Participants are welcome to enter or leave the auditorium at any time during the event. Auditorium staff can assist with getting in or out of the auditorium if assistance is needed. Note that once the event starts, overhead lighting is dimmed and there are dim lights on the ramps and stairs.
- We anticipate real-time captioning will be broadcast during the event. Let us know if you need specific details on seating for optimal viewing, or any other information.
- There are two group bathrooms on the main floor of the University Centre, each with a wheelchair accessible stall, and a single-user wheelchair-accessible all-genders bathroom on the 2nd floor, accessible by elevator or stairs.
- The Farquhar auditorium has a scent-free policy but this is not enforced. If you need to change where you are sitting to avoid scented products, please let auditorium staff know and they will make another seat available to you.
- There are grassy areas outside the University Centre where service dogs can be taken for a break.
- There may be potential plug-in at the front (stair access only) for anyone who needs to plug in a laptop or other assistive device – please contact the Anti-Violence Project so we can discuss your A/V needs with auditorium staff.
- Bus access: The #4, #7, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #26, #39, and #51 buses stop approximately one block from the University Centre. We hope to make bus tickets available from the Anti-Violence Project upon request – this is under discussion (let us know if you need an update). For more information on getting to UVic by bus, see http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/campus-info/maps/maps/busroutes.php
- Bike access: There are bike racks located outside the University Centre and under the University Center in the Campus Bike Center – the entrance is on the ground floor and is located on the west side of the University Center.
- ASL and other interpretation is not available for this event and there is no child care available. If having interpretation or child care subsidy available at future events would make the event more accessible for you, or there are other measures we could take to improve accessibility, please let us know so we can try to arrange this for future events.
- Parking: is available in many lots with most being $2.50 from 6 pm until midnight. You will need coins or a credit card to pay and more info is here:
Event: An Evening for Survivors
Thursday, September 21st, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, in front of Petch fountain
We are hosting an event to honour the advocacy and resiliency of survivors and those impacted by sexualized violence. Come share space with us on the final evening of Sexualized Violence Awareness Week to thank survivors and those impacted by sexualized violence for their crucial role in creating UVic’s first ever Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy. This event is for survivors, those impacted by sexualized violence and their allies. It is a time for our stories, our resistance and our community to be honoured.
We want to recognize the inherent connections between colonialism and all other forms of violence. Recognizing the violence of ongoing colonialism and engaging in anti-colonial actions is critical to our work as anti-violence advocates. The anti.violence.project and the organizers of this event acknowledge the Lkwungen, WSÁNEĆ , and Esquimalt peoples on whose unceded territories we live, work, and play.
The evening will include:
- Live performances from local artists including poetry, painting, and music
- Food and drinks to share together
- A candlelight vigil to honour our resistance and community
- Community speakers
- Crafting and messages to survivors
- Trained support staff on site
This event will be held at the University of Victoria in front of the Petch Fountain. The area is wheelchair accessible and accessible washrooms are located in the Biblio Cafe near the event. If due to weather conditions we must move inside, we will move the event to the University Centre lobby which is also wheelchair accessible. We will also do our best to accommodate a variety of dietary needs.
Tuesday, September 19th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, location to be confirmed upon registration
The AVP consent workshop is intended to provide folks with the education, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice consent in a supportive and sex positive space. Some of the topics that folks can expect to engage in will include: consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it), gender-based violence, power, and privilege. Through activities and discussions the workshop offers a chance for us to talk about all the ways we can provide safe, fun, and sexy ways to build relationships with the people we care about.
Our consent workshops are two hours long and are held at the University of Victoria. These workshops are free of charge, open to students and community members, and have a no late-comer policy.
Bystander Intervention Workshop
Thursday, September 21st, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bringing in the Bystander is a free intervention training workshop designed to empower and equip students with the skills and awareness to recognize and safely intervene in situations that contribute or lead to sexualized violence. Participants will receive co-curricular recognition on their transcripts, a certificate for workshop completion, and a chance to win a $250 tuition credit. For more information or to register for a training session, visit uvic.ca/bystander
Friday, September 22nd, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM, location to be confirmed upon registration
The AVP support workshop provides some foundations for supporting survivors of sexualized violence. Throughout the workshop we will discuss different approaches and tools that can be used when supporting someone. Some topics include: active listening, believing survivors, caring for yourself, and making referrals. There will also be time to practice supporting folks through (optional) roleplays.
This workshop will be held at the University of Victoria. We recommend that folks interested in this workshop first attend our consent workshop, as many of the ideas in this workshop build on ideas we explored in the consent workshop. These workshops are free of charge, open to students and community members, and have a no late-comer policy.
Sex Work 101
Friday, September 22nd, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Student Union Building, Room B025
Peers Victoria Resources Society will be facilitating a workshop on Sex Work 101! There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding sex work and we’re here to bust them with you! Let’s talk about the effects of stigma, and strategies for destigmatizing sex work. We’ll bring print resources and safer sex supplies. Hope to see you there.
Free, and open to students and community members.
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6 Ways to Support Sex Workers in Your Community
written by Peers Victoria, posted here with permission
Sex workers are part of many communities, and there are people in the sex industry in your communities. Sex workers come from diverse backgrounds and there are many ways you can show support! Here are 6 ways to begin this conversation…
- RECOGNIZE diversity: The sex industry is a diverse place, like any other sector of work! There is a spectrum of experiences, perspectives, and identities (e.g. diversity in race, class, gender, age, ability, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.), as well as many different sectors of work. Keep in mind that folks who are already marginalized for other aspects of their identities (e.g. trans people, indigenous people) are disproportionally targeted for violence in the sex industry.
- EDUCATE yourself! (and others): When learning about sex work, seek out resources that centre sex workers voices and experiences, or come from organizations that support sex work leadership and rights.
- DISRUPT jokes that poke fun at sex work/workers: Yes, people do make jokes about sex work/workers (e.g. strippers)…If you hear a joke like this explain that dehumanizing sex workers by making fun of them, or their profession, is not cool/okay. Jokes that put down sex workers contribute to the shame and violence surrounding the sex industry.
- USE your power: How do your personal identities (race, class, gender, age, ability, etc.) shape your understanding of sex work? What is your relationship to the sex industry?; are you -a friend or classmate of a sex worker? a porn enthusiast? a sex worker? We encourage you to reflect on your identities and how you can creatively leverage your privilege(s) to support sex workers in your community.
- REMEMBER that consent is an integral part of the sex industry: Consent is an integral part of sex work. Sex workers have been leaders in advocating for body autonomy and the right to set boundaries in their workplaces and beyond for decades!
- SUPPORT sex work leadership & community action: attend events in your community that support sex workers and sex worker rights, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/PeersVictoria
Thank you! Whoever you are, WE NEED YOU, supporting sex worker’s autonomy and rights in our movements!
Monday, September 18th, and Tuesday, September 19th, 10:30 – 2:30
UVic Quad (near fountain behind the library)
Join us in survivor-centered coloring activities (PDF), button-making, and discussions about preventing and responding to sexualized violence.