Tell Canadian Universities and Colleges: We demand a Sexual Violence on Campus Awareness Week!
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Tell Canadian Universities and Colleges: We demand a Sexual Violence on Campus Awareness Week!

    1. Jessica Carly Sinclair
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Carly Sinclair

      Vaughan, Canada

We, students of Canadian post-secondary institutions and our supporters, are asking Canadian universities and colleges to establish and sanction a Sexual Violence on Campus Awareness Week to take place in mid-October (at the discretion of individual institutions).

The prevalence of sexual violence on Canadian Campuses is not given nearly enough attention:

• 20-25% of women in university or college experience completed or attempted rape over the course of their degree
• 70% occur in residences!
• 80% of campus rapes are committed by someone the victim knows
• 50% occur on dates
• Many of these assaults happen during the first eight weeks of classes

As well, sexual violence is not perpetrated against women alone (just as it is not perpetrated by men alone). In indirect and direct ways, sexual violence affects men, trans persons, and individuals of all gender identities. SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS A HUMAN ISSUE, NOT A WOMEN'S ISSUE.

We need the administration of universities and colleges to recognize that sexual violence on campus is a serious problem and that they should establish and sanction a Sexual Violence on Campus Awareness Week that would:

• recognize the existence of sexual violence,
• clearly define “sexual violence” and other related terms (such as consent, non-consent, violence, assault, and harassment),
• eradicate the shame and other negative connotations associated with being a victim or survivor of sexual violence,
• and, most of all: put an end to the silence.

Through education, peer-to-peer support networking, and activism, we - students and our supporters - aim to create safer spaces and positive experiences within (and around) campus environments.

We aim to establish unified communities that understand sexual violence and how it affects every single individual in a community environment.

We aim to combat systems of rape culture, sexual “norms” that are prevalent on university and college campuses, and language that reinforces and normalizes sexual violence.

By sanctioning a Sexual Violence on Campus Awareness Week, scheduled for the beginning of each academic year, we create a framework for each school to promote education, support, and activism-based initiatives tailored to the distinct needs of each student body.

Join our fight on facebook at www.facebook.com/violenceoncampus

 

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    • Julie Goldentuler VAUGHAN, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Sexual violence is a serious issue and in a few short years I have a daughter that will be attending university and it should be addressed in precisely the framework that your organization has established.

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    • HILDI WEIMAN TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I HAVE THREE GIRLS (HOWEVER THIS IS NOT A WOMANS RIGHTS ISSUE THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE )MY OLDEST IS STARTING UNIVERSITY SEPT 2013 AND I WORRY ABOUT HER SAFETY ON CAMPUS.

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    • Hilary Lehman WATERLOO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I will be starting an antiviolence campaign at my school to promote awareness about violence, not just about women, but in general on the College front!

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    • Danielle Harris STRATHMORE, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because women's safety is always a concern and for my nieces who are attending University.

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    • Cathy Stableford MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a woman!

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