Sexual Violence

sexual violence awareness week 2017


What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. This includes sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape. It also includes sexual harassment, stalking, indecent or sexualized exposure, degrading sexual imagery, voyeurism, cyber harassment, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Western’s Consent and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

October 23 – 27, 2017 is Western’s Consent and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.  

Members of Western’s Sexual Violence Prevention Education Committee have organized a variety of events taking place across campus all week. Students, staff, faculty and members of the community are invited to participate.

Join Western in the conversation on consent: use #consentoncampus and follow @WellnessWestern on Twitter.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It!

DateTuesday, October 24
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 269

A discussion brought to you by Anova and PrideWestern about LGBTQ+ experiences of Sexual Violence and Resiliency.

Let’s Talk Porn

Date: Tuesday, October 24
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Von Kuster Hall, Talbot College
A Porn Literacy event with Dr. Annalise Trudell, Dr. Taylor Kohut & Dr. William Fisher. Many of the things you think you know about porn may not be true - a discussion that asks can porn be empowering? Is porn addictive? And explores porn and sexual aggression.

A Talk with Dr. Jacqui Linder

Date: Wednesday, October 25
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Brescia University College Auditorium in St. James Building – Free parking
Details: Dr. Linder will explore themes of human trafficking. What does it look like? What can we do? She will also discuss consent and sexual violence, particularly as it relates to differences between self-employed sex workers, sex trafficking and porn.

Take Back the Campus March

Date: Thursday, October 26
12:30 p.m.
Location: Meet in the Grad Club
We will march in solidarity against acts of sexual violence and harassment on and off campus.

My Costume is Not Consent

Date: Oct 26 & 27 and Oct 30 & 31
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: UCC Atrium
Discuss costumes and consent. Post a photo from the event with the hashtag #MyCostumeIsNotConsent for the opportunity to win.

Backpack to Briefcase

Date: Friday, October 27
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 147-B
This world café style program will give participants the opportunity to connect with local professionals in consent and sexual violence prevention education and front line support.



Further feedback sought on Policy on Sexual Violence

December 20, 2016

Western officials are seeking community feedback on an updated version of the Policy on Sexual Violence as the university continues to fine tune its procedures relating to sexual violence and harassment.

In September 2014, Western adopted its first standalone Policy on Sexual Violence. Prior to that, sexual violence was addressed by both the Code of Student Conduct and Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy. Western was one of the first standalone policies in Canada.

In March 2016, the Ontario government passed Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, that required publicly assisted postsecondary institutions to have their own standalone sexual violence policies in place by Jan. 1, 2017.

Earlier this week, Laurentian University became the latest postsecondary institution to create a new sexual violence policy just under the deadline.

At Western, the Board of Governors approved a revised version of its policy earlier this month. That version is a significantly different document than the inaugural version. Following university community consultation and using provincial legislation as a guide, the policy now speaks more directly to reporting processes, investigative decision-making, where victims can go for access, among other topics.

Western community members are invited to read the new Policy on Sexual Violence and offer their thoughts by filling out a survey by Jan. 12, 2017.

The Sexual Violence Policy Working Group will present any further recommendations relating to the policy to the Board at its Jan. 26 meeting.