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 the 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.

Poster for Sexualized Violence Awareness Week - September 17th to 21st, 2018 More information at www.uvic.ca/svaw


Let’s Talk About Sex: Hookup Culture & Consent in the Age of Tinder

Wednesday, September 19th 6-8pm 
Vertigo Lounge, UVSS Student Union Building

–We acknowledge this event takes place on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen & WSANEC peoples, and that the ongoing colonization of these lands contributes disproportionately to sexualized violence against Indigenous communities.–Poster for "Let's Talk about Sex: Hookup Culture and Consent in the Age of Tinder." Event taking place Wednesday, Sept 19th, 6pm to 8pm in Vertigo, UVic Student Union Building

What do you get when you bring together a student, a sex educator, a pleasure activist, a researcher on gender and health, and the author of Dating Tips for the Feminist Man to talk about sex, relationships, and consent? Come find out with us during our annual Sexualized Violence Awareness Week keynote event.

Join us for an evening of discussion and performances addressing hookup culture, and how all relationships, even if they are short-term, need to incorporate respect, consent, and clear communication in order to ensure folks have fun, feel respected, and stay safe.

The evening will feature performances by local slam poets and a burlesque troupe, and will conclude with a panel on hookup culture and consent featuring Jennifer Gibson, an educator from Island Sexual Health (aka the “Sex Lady”), Nora Samaran, author of the viral article The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture, Melissa Aird, graduate student with the Indigenous Governance program, Nathan Lachowsky, a researcher focused on LGBTQ2S health and sexuality, and Michele Powell, a local pleasure activist.

Admission is free, and light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

This event is a partnership between the UVic Office of Student Life, the UVic Office of Equity and Human Rights, the Anti-Violence Project, and the University of Victoria Students’ Society.

If you have any general questions about the event, please contact: oslengage@uvic.ca

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 down the hall from Vertigo.
  • Attendees are welcome to enter or leave Vertigo at any time during the event. Note that once the event starts, overhead lighting is dimmed.
  • ASL interpretation will be provided. Let us know if you need specific details on seating for optimal viewing, or any other information.
  • 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.
  • 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 intepretation 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.

Accessibility

Tabling 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.


Workshops

Consent Workshop

Tuesday, September 18th, 5:30-7:30pm
Friday, September 21st, 3-5pm

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-latecomer policy.

Find out more and register

Bystander Intervention Workshop

Thursday, September 20th, 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

SVP 101

Tuesday, September 18th, 3-5pm

The Sexualized Violence Policy 101 workshop provides students with knowledge about UVic’s prevention and response approach to sexualized violence. We will talk about how UVic defines sexualized violence and consent, how to receive a disclosure and support a survivor, where to go for support, as well as what to expect if you come forward to the sexualized violence resource office wanting to make a disclosure and/or report (and the difference between the two). We will also talk about some of the things students can do to help create a supportive and inclusive campus community.

Register by emailing Bette Cameron at: bcameron@uvic.ca


Information tables

Tuesday, September 18th, Wednesday, September 19th, and Friday, September 21st, 11:15 – 2:30
UVic Petch Fountain (behind the McPherson Library)

Join us in survivor-centered coloring activities (PDF), button-making, and discussions about preventing and responding to sexualized violence.

Accessibility

Tabling 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.


Past years: 2017 2016 | 2015 | 2014 (coming soon)