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.

Let’s Talk About Sex: The Pleasure Edition

Tuesday, February 25th, 2019 *NEW DATE*
Doors – 4:30pm | Expert Panel – 5pm | CL Chat – 6:45pm
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.–

Whether you’re wild for Valentine’s Day or don’t give a hoot about it, pleasure plays a huge role in shaping our sexualities. Join us as we bring together a team of experts in the field of human sexuality, from a doctor of somatic sex education to a queer youth group facilitator, to answer your questions about romance, sex positivity and pleasure.

Then, stick around for a frank, no-question-too-sexual chat with your peers, the UVic Residence Community Leaders. Because at the end of the day, we’re all experts of our own sexualities.

The “expert” panel will feature Jennifer Gibson, an educator from Island Sexual Health (aka the “Sex Lady”), River Stevens from the AIDS Vancouver Island Queer Peers team, 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, UVic Residence Services, the Anti-Violence Project, and the University of Victoria Students’ Society.

If you have any general questions about the event, please contact:


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
  • 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 $2.50 from 6 pm until midnight. You will need coins or a credit card to pay.

Past years: 2018 2017 2016 | 2015 | 2014 (coming soon)