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Education Plan 2019/2020
Tantamount to preventing sexual violence on university campuses is the role of sexual violence prevention and intervention education. Responsible for the development of a holistic and comprehensive University-wide approach to sexual violence intervention, the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office’s (SVSPO) educational approach seeks to develop a comprehensive strategy that equips students, faculty and staff with the awareness, knowledge and skills required to make social change towards ending sexual violence and misconduct. Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in learning opportunities that address the following topics:
a) active bystander intervention & empowering actions;
b) consent, healthy relationships, communities & boundaries;
c) responding to disclosures of sexual violence & supporting survivors;
d) understanding the root causes of sexual violence.
The SVSPO’s current education plan is guided by grounded approaches to education through evidence-based practices and research. The framework supporting our education plan is informed by a social-ecological approach to health promotion and sexual violence prevention (Banyard, V.L. 2014; Casey & Lindhorst, 2009; DeGue, S., 2014). Using a social-ecological approach allows us to consider factors that concern not only individual but also consider structural, environmental, social factors to sexual violence education. In other words, by using a social-ecological framework to guide the SVSPO’s Sexual Violence Intervention and Prevention plan allows us to understand that sexual violence does not occur as isolated cases but is relational to larger structural forces of harm. Approaching sexual violence intervention, prevention and support education within this lens acknowledges the complex roots of rape culture, social norms, power dynamics, multiple forms of oppression while seeking to prevent individual instances of sexual violence and misconduct while working to create a culture free of sexual violence and misconduct, one that encourages positive behaviours and community accountability.
Guided by our Prevention and Intervention Plan for 2019/2020, we strive to – among other things – develop the evaluative tools to begin to gauge benchmark understandings of the awareness of sexual violence intervention, prevention, and support at SFU; build awareness of the SVSPO, SFU’s policy GP 44; ensure that all members of the SFU community are equipped to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual violence and misconduct.
The SVSPO is currently working to extend our 2019 – 2020 plan into a five-year plan. For now, we invite you to critically engage with the details of our one-year education plan to learn more about the SVSPO’s educational approach, our guiding principles, and our desired outcomes. You may access the below PDF file to read the SVSPO Intervention and Prevention Education Plan for 2019 – 2020.
Download the full Education and Prevention Plan (2019/2020) below.