Education and Prevention

What Can You Do to Create a Culture of Consent On Campus? 

1. Understand What Sexual Violence Actually Is.

Sexual Violence is any sexual behaviour, actions, or threats that are unwanted and take place without consent. Anyone of any gender identity can commit or experience sexual violence. 

Examples: sexual assault; sharing naked pictures without permission; stalking; watching someone undress without their permission. 

Confused by sexual violence definitions? 

You can find out more about the sexual violence definitions that you'll find throughout our education initiatives and workshops here. 

3. Understand the Myths Surrounding Sexual Violence and Rape Culture.

Rape culture is a culture in which dominant ideas, social practices, media images, and societal institutions implicitly or explicitly condone sexual assault by normalizing or trivializing it and by blaming survivors for their own abuse.

You may have examples of what rape culture looks like and sounds like. You've probably heard someone use the expression "that exam raped me", or heard comments about sexual assault such as "they were asking for it", "they shouldn't ahve gotten that drunk" or "look at what they were wearing!"

Those are examples of rape culture and victim blaming. You might think that those types of comments or jokes are harmless, but making light of sexual violence and blaming survivors for their attack may impact the ways in which we regard the harm caused by sexual violence. 

Find out how to book a workshop to learn more about busting myths and ending rape culture here

2. Understanding Sexual Boundaries and Consent.

Consent means a clear, ongoing and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activities. Consent is informed, freely given, and actively communicated as demonstrated by words or conduct objectively assessed. It is always the responsibility of the person initiating sexual activity to ensure they have consent. It is also important to know that someone who is incapacitated (ie. by alcohol or drugs, asleep, or unconscious) is not able to consent. If you are unsure if they are able to consent - don't initiate sexual activity - you risk causing harm. 

To find out more about Consent and how to book a workshop, click here.

So how can you apply consent to your life? 

If your relationship involves sexual activity, it is important that you and your parnter understand consent. Sexual boundaries are about respecting your own limitations, as well as respecting the limits of you partner(s). 

This involves: 

  • Recognizing your level of comfort with a sexual activity at a given time 
  • The ability to have a conversation with your partner(s) about their boundaries as well as yours
  • Understanding consent as it relates to sexual activity
Find out how you can be an Active Bystander and encourage others to always get consent here

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Topics covered through our workshops include:

Active Bystander Network

Want to help spread the word? 

Our trauma informed, survivor focused, sexual violence prevention awareness raising campaigns are underway and ready to be launched this Fall across all three of our SFU campuses. We will be paying particular focus this Fall term on the definition of Consent, how you know if you have Consent, and where to go for sexual violence supports and services on campus. If you would like more information and tools on how to spread the word, email us at sv-support@sfu.ca and we'll show you how.