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It Takes All Of Us

Friday, October 13th | Convocation Mall | 12pm-4pm

‘It Takes All Of Us’ event is a call to action for our SFU community, and serves as an invitation for all of us to stand up and actively participate in creating a culture of consent and respect at SFU.  The community will have the opportunity to hear from President, Andrew Petter, Elder Margaret, and Dr. CJ Rowe, the new Director of the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office.

Key service providers and organizations on campus have been invited to host tables and share information on supports, services, research, solidarity, resistance, games, and more in relation to sexual violence in our communities. Residence & Housing will be hosting an interactive myth-busting table; the Graduate Student Society will be showcasing graduate research in areas related to sexual violence support and prevention; the Active Bystander Network will be hosting a self-care station, interactive games, and more; alongside the myriad of other service providers that will be present in Convocation Mall.

The event will be featuring a one-time ‘I am a Survivor’ gallery enclosed in Convocation Mall. Featuring survivor accounts, artwork, and stories of impact, healing, resistance, and reclaimed agency, the gallery the gallery is an enclosed space through which folks are invited to engage with first-hand accounts written by survivors who are part of our SFU community. The gallery will have a content warning before the entrance to the gallery; and emotional support staff, including Sexual Violence Counsellor Beth Triano and Personal Security Director Julie Glazier, will be present to provide support.

Serving up comfort food, hot drinks, deserts, self-care, emotional support, a space to be heard, folks with whom to stand in solidarity and hope, and a lot of sexual violence education, It Takes All Of Us promises to be a source of support, knowledge, and fun. Join us in Convocation Mall on Friday, the October 13th, and share how you are going to be part of the change on campus, because it really does take all of us. 

GP 44: Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy was approved by the Board of Governors in March. So what’s happening now? 

After much consultation with the SFU Community, the Sexual Violence Support & Education Office (referred to as the Central Resource Office in GP 44) is being established this fall. We are entering the final stages of confirming space, hiring a Director, and finalizing job descriptions for various positions in the SVO that we expect to be filled by November.

We have strong interim procedures in place to provide all SFU community members with supports, services, and education around sexual violence at Simon Fraser University. If you’re needing support or know someone who does, here’s where you can go.  

What are you doing to educate the SFU Community about sexual violence on campus? 

We are continually working on expanding our education and prevention initiatives.

Currently, workshops on sexual violence that are currently available and underway for students, faculty, and staff include:

- How to be an Active Bystander (including the definitions of Consent)

- What supports and services are available on campus,

- How to establish healthy boundaries in relationships

- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

We are continuing to develop further educational programs in conjunction with our post-secondary peers and several Sexual Violence Prevention organizations across North America. You can find out more about what we are doing with our education and prevention initiatives, including our awareness raising campaigns, here.