Consent and support workshops
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and University of Victoria classes being moved primarily online, we are currently offering online versions of our two free workshops! The first is our Understanding Consent Culture Workshop, and the second is our Supporting a Survivor Workshop, both of which will be run multiple times throughout the semester.
Both workshops are filled with opportunities for discussion and learning new practical skills. Whether you’re learning about consent and support for the first time or these are topics you’re familiar with, these workshops offer the chance to cover some basics and dive into the nuances. All our workshops are open to anyone – students, faculty, staff and community members.
Workshops are free but registration is required and participants will receive a secure Zoom videoconferencing link to your email. UVic students will also receive co-curricular credit for attending AVP workshops which looks great on your transcript.
*** Additional dates for Summer/Fall 2021 will be posted later in the spring. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media for updates
Attend an AVP workshop this semester for the chance to win $100!
Details: This term, all attendees will be invited to fill out a short anonymous online feedback form after the workshop. Those who submit feedback will be entered into the draw for a $100 grocery store gift card. A winner will be randomly selected on April 30th, 2021. The winner will be contacted by email and may choose a grocery store of their choice (restriction: must sell gift cards online or be local to Victoria, BC).
Workshops by request
If you have a group of eight or more you’d like to be trained together, please email our Education Coordinator to arrange a workshop for your group. Please note that we are currently limiting the number of off-campus workshops we take on due to capacity.
Other workshops on campus and in the community
Tools for Change: Preventing Sexualized Violence at UVic
Offered by the UVic Sexualized Prevention Resource Office and the Office of Student Life, this workshop is for students who want to be a part of a culture shift at UVic. It is especially 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.
Students will come away with:
- a deep understanding of what sexualized violence is and how to challenge the attitudes and beliefs that lead to sexualized violence
- practical tips, and everyday language, to meaningfully ask for consent, to say no to an invitation or offer, and also how to hear no (which can be hard!)
- a range of strategies for preventing sexualized violence
- knowledge of the resources and supports available at UVic for students
Bringing in the Bystander Workshop
Offered by the UVic Office of Student Life, the “Bringing in the Bystander” workshop teaches students how to overcome resistance to checking in and intervening when they observe the potential for sexualized violence to occur. By empowering students to become active bystanders, they hope to create a compassionate community response to preventing sexualized violence and fostering a safer environment on campus.
In this three hour workshop, students will:
- Learn how to identify situations where bystander intervention is appropriate and how to overcome barriers to successful intervention
- Gain a deeper understanding of the consequences of sexual violence for victims/survivors and communities
- Learn how to identify a continuum of inappropriate sexual behaviours
- Build increased empathy for victims of sexual violence and understand the importance of supportive responses to those who disclose
Training sessions can be scheduled for classes and student groups/clubs, or individuals can attend a drop-in training session, which will be offered on a regular basis throughout the year.
Sex Work 101
Wednesday February 28th , 2018, 3:00 – 5:30pm – hosted by Peers Victoria
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.
Location: University of Victoria, Student Union Building, B025
Free, and open to students and community members.
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!