Speak out against sexual assault and violence: Sept. 17
September 12, 2014

Statistics show that 1 in 4 Canadian women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime. In 2010, Canadian police-reported data for sexual assault showed that 12 per cent of males were victims too.

The definition of sexual assault is broad. It could be defined as being raped while unconscious or something as seemingly non-harmful as a butt slap. Either way, being sexually assaulted can affect a victim in so many ways, leaving them with post-traumatic stress, depression, sleep or eating disorders, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide and much more.

Come out Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Barrie Campus and support Georgian’s Women’s Safety Awareness Campaign so together, we can help spread awareness and lower these numbers drastically.

Four guest speakers will be on hand to discuss issues of sexual harassment and domestic violence, where to get help if such a situation arises, and how to prevent becoming a victim. All staff and students – both men and women – are invited to these presentations and to participate in important related dialogues.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

9:45 to 10 a.m. – Morning refreshments, Room K229A

10 to 11 a.m. – Lower your risk, presented by Detective Constable Lindsay White, Room K229A

Lindsay works for Barrie Police, Crimes against Persons, dealing with sexual assaults and domestic violence. She has extensive experience dealing with these issues and is very approachable. Her presentation is a great opportunity to reach out and have your questions answered by a professional.

11 to 11:30 a.m. – Free pizza lunch for attendees, Room K318

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Power, control and responsibility – Where do you stand?, presented by the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie and Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre, Room K318

Learn about the root and systemic causes that perpetuate gender based violence, get information on how to identify an abusive relationship, and discover strategies of how be active in eliminating violence against women. Joining us is Alison Williams, Youth Outreach and Awareness Program Co-ordinator (women’s shelter), Laurel Chappell, Outclient Counsellor (women’s shelter) and Cassie Roberts, Community Development Co-ordinator (Athena’s)

The first 10 people at each presentation will receive a $10 Tim Hortons gift card.

Sign up ahead of time and you will be entered into a draw for a $25 gift card to The Last Class. Please note: You must be present at the end of the second presentation to claim the prize.

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