Sexualized Violence Awareness Week (SVAW) is a collaboration between the Anti-Violence Project, the University of Victoria Students’ Society, and the UVic Office of Equity and Human Rights and Office of Student Life. 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 event, workshops, and tabling) are open to everyone, not just students.

In 2018, SVAW extended to become part of a year-round schedule of events that engage students, staff, faculty and community members on the topics of sexualized violence and healthy sexualities.


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UVic (Offices of Student Life, Equity & Human Rights), the UVSS, and the Anti-Violence Project invite you to join us for a week of information, workshops, and events on the topic of sexualized violence prevention. Running from September 17-19, 2019, there will be a variety of opportunities for students and community members to engage in learning and support options on campus.

All of the events are free of cost. Unless specified, there is no registration needed.

Tuesday, September 17

  • Information Booths, Games, and Refreshments
    11:00am – 2:00pm | Petch Fountain
  • Sexualized Violence Prevention in the Sex Industry
    3:00pm – 4:00pm | CLE A203

This workshop, presented by Peers Victoria, explores the barriers people working in the sex industry encounter when it comes to preventing violence, including sexualized violence. An important focus of the workshop will be the role stigma plays in creating harm and how tackling stigma is an important sexualized violence prevention strategy.

Register for the workshop here.

  • Tools for Change Workshop
    4:30pm – 7:30pm | Location Confirmed upon Registration

This workshop is for students who want to be a part of a culture shift at UVic. It is important and useful for those who have not taken sexualized violence prevention training in the past and/or those with want to learn more about UVic’s work to prevent sexualized violence. The workshop is peer-led, highly interactive, and focused on learning skills.

Topics include: what is sexualized violence, how to challenge attitudes and beliefs that lead to sexualized violence, practical tips and everyday language, how to ask for consent and receive a “no”, and the resources and supports that UVic offers students, faculty, and staff.

Register here.  

Wednesday, September 18

  • Information Booth and Activities
    10:00am – 2:00pm | CARSA Lobby
  • Understanding Consent Culture Workshop 
    3:00pm – 5:00pm | Location Confirmed upon Registration

The Anti-Violence Project’s consent workshop provides folks with the education, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice consent in a supportive and sex positive space.

Topics include: consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it), gender-based violence, rape culture, sex positivity, power, and privilege.

Register for the workshop here.

  • The Men’s Circle at UVic 
    6:00pm – 8:00pm | SUB B027

The Men’s Circle at UVic is a space where men and masculine-identified folks, including (but not limited to!) transmasculine, genderqueer, and non-binary folks, can meet to: connect with others with similar and shared identities, learn about the systems and structures which uphold gender-based violence, share lived experiences and stories, and work on strategies for dismantling and challenging gender-based violence, dominant constructions of masculinity, and other structures of oppression on campus and in the larger community.

Thursday, September 19

  • Information Booths, Games, and Refreshments
    11:00am – 2:00pm | Petch Fountain
  • Sexual Health and Education in Residence 
    Before the Burlesque Show | Residence

Look out for more information about this event throughout residence.

  • emPOWERment: An Evening of Burlesque 
    6:00pm – 8:00 pm | Vertigo in the SUB

Join us for a free 30-minute interactive Contact Dance workshop, by the Rising, a type of dance that empowers and emboldens participants! Explore how to assert yourself and your boundaries while being in close contact with others. At 7:00 PM, there will be a burlesque performance and talk back by local performers, the Shade Burlesque Collective. Learn what empowerment can look like and how you can embody change. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit the Facebook event here

Event Accessibility

We’re working on being better at our accessibility practices. We don’t have everything right and we’re excited to get better. If you have any accessibility concerns we haven’t addressed, please contact Serena at .

  • The Student Union Building and Vertigo Lounge are wheelchair-accessible, including washrooms, and contain a range of seating options. There are designated disability parking spaces in front of the Student Union Building.
  • Two multi-stall gender inclusive and wheelchair accessible washrooms are located within Vertigo, and there are an additional two multi-stall gender inclusive and wheelchair accessible washrooms down the hall.
  • Attendees are welcome to enter or leave Vertigo at any time during the event. Note that once the event starts, overhead lighting is dimmed.
  • The Student Union Building is a scent-free space, but this is not enforced. In respect to those who experience scent-related issues, please do not wear scented products to the event.
  • There are grassy areas outside the Student Union Building where service dogs can be taken for a break.
  • An ASL interpreter from the Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre will be present at the event.
  • There may be potential plug-ins 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 staff.
  • Bus access: The #4, #7, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #26, #39, and #51 buses stop approximately one block from the Student Union Building. 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 Student Union Building.
  • Captioning and other forms of interpretation besides ASL are not available, and there is no child care available. If having another form of 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 $3.50 from 6 pm until midnight. You will need coins or a credit card to pay.

Past years: 2018 2017 2016 | 2015 | 2014