Education is key to facilitating meaningful change on our campus. Our Centre offers free, interactive awareness workshops on sexual assault and issues related to sexual assault for all groups in the community.
Sexual Assault Awareness Workshops
Being aware of the definition of sexual assault and the prevalent myths in our society decreases acceptance of sexual violence and increases understanding of sexual assault survivors’ experiences, thereby helping to prevent sexual assault.
Our workshops are designed to fit easily into class periods and with the choice of a 50 or 80 minute session. We can also tailor the length of the workshop to the needs of your specific class or group.
In our workshops, participants will:
- learn the definition of sexual assault and what constitutes consent;
- discuss prevalent myths in our society regarding sexual assault;
- acquire basic skills to support a survivor;
- talk about non-traditional ways to prevent sexual violence; and
- learn about resources for those affected by sexual assault.
Workshop for Supporters
Participants will learn more about support skills specific to working with survivors of sexual assault in order to be better prepared to receive disclosures from survivors. To better illustrate this supportive relationship, we will also work through a student scenario as a group. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the services offered by our Centre, be provided with legal definitions of sexual assault and consent, and have the opportunity to discuss prevalent myths surrounding sexual assault in order to unpack how they affect us all — survivors and supporters — alike.
February 6, 2018
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sex and Survivorship Workshop
How do we navigate our sexualities in a rape culture? How do we experience sexuality in healthy and positive ways in a society where sexual violence is normalized, and unhealthy ideas about sex are culturally upheld? Through this workshop we will discuss survivorship and ways to reclaim sexuality in a rape culture. We will explore positive practices for sexual healing, discuss healthy sexuality, setting sexual boundaries and embodied consent. This session is not limited to individuals who identify as survivors, all are welcome!
Bystander Intervention Workshops
This workshop aims to engage the broader campus community in ending sexual violence. At the Sexual Assault Centre, we recognize that we all have a role to play in stopping sexual assault, but that being an active bystander isn't without its barriers. Participants in this discussion-based workshop will work through a variety of scenarios where various forms of sexual violence are either taking place, or have the potential to occur. Together, we will work through the process of identifying, assessing, and intervening in these situations. Participants will learn how to identify sexual violence, gain confidence in their ability to interrupt these situations in the world around them, and take part in visioning and taking steps toward creating a world without sexual violence.
October 18, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Student Advisors' Workshop
In this two hour session, U of A student advisors will learn more about how to support students around the issue of sexual assault in respect to their special role on campus. The session will focus on support skills specific to working with survivors of sexual assault and will better prepare participants to receive disclosures from, and provide referrals to, survivors on campus. To better illustrate this supportive relationship, we will also work through a student scenario as a group. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the services offered by the Sexual Assault Centre, be provided with legal definitions of sexual assault and consent, and have the opportunity to discuss prevalent myths surrounding sexual assault in order to unpack how they affect us all — survivors and supporters — alike.
October 3, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Professional & Specialty Workshops
Our Centre also offers workshops for University staff, faculty, and students in professional programs. We are happy to work with groups on campus to tailor our workshops suit the unique needs of their specific unit, class, faculty or organization.
First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training
Providing a safe and supportive environment to survivors of sexual violence can help individuals seek further help and resources. Developed in partnership with the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, this comprehensive two-day training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse.