CASE President Ellen Bolger and VP External Emily Leedham attended the 3rd Annual Edmonton Slutwalk on July 26, 2013 in protest of victim blaming and sexual assault. Over 150 people attended the event. Here's a sweet video about Slutwalk from CTV.
Below are some photos Ellen and Emily took (unless otherwise noted):
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We are excited to announce the completion of our sponsorship package! We have ambitious goals and an important message to bring to students - and we need your help! Here are a few excerpts from the package that help explain who we are and what our plans are for this year:
"According to the Sexual Assault in Canada report for 2004 and 2007, both secondary and post-secondary students are at a higher risk of experiencing sexual assault because their lifestyle and environment allows them to interact with many other individuals at any given time. The report also indicates that “sexual assault incidents are most likely to occur when a victim and offender are known to each other,” meaning that assailants are often friends or acquaintances of the victim. For this reason, we believe in educating students about issues of sexual assault and consent.
Consent is defined as “permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.” We believe that if students learn the importance of open communication and requesting consent at every stage of sexual activity, cases of acquaintance sexual assault can be greatly reduced. Our campaigns throughout the year will focus on consent as not simply the absence of a “No,” but an enthusiastic “Yes!” free of coercion. We believe focusing on an enthusiastic “Yes” helps clarify what a consensual sexual relationship looks like."
"These dessert images were created by Morgan Shandro for the University of Calgary Consent Awareness & Sexual Education Club’s “Consent is Sweet” campaign. The campaign is designed to educate and encourage students, both secondary and post - secondary, to ask for consent in their sexual relationships and recognize that sex without consent is sexual assault. The campaign is non-gendered and the dessert imagery aims to evoke optimistic feelings about creating healthy sexual relationships. These images, as well as information about consent, will be featured on posters, pamphlets and buttons that will be distributed on campus and select Junior High school classrooms throughout the year."
Contact VP External Emily Leedham for sponsorship opportunities at leedham.emily[at]gmail.com.
"Morgan Shandro is a former illustrations editor for the Gauntlet student newspaper and is currently in her final year of a Bachelor's in English at the University of Calgary. Once she has graduated, she aspires to combine what she has learned there with her interests in illustration, comics, and animation. She is also a feminist who is eager to help the world advance its understanding of gender politics and equality. For information about illustration commissions, please contact her via her website."
Thanks to everyone who helped out with our Bermuda Shorts Day Consent Awareness Campaign, especially the Women’s Resource Centre! We put the campaign together in a small amount of time with a few resources, but with your help we hope to increase the scope of these campaigns next year to reach as many students as possible. We will be doing a TON of work over the summer to hit the ground running for University of Calgary’s Orientation Week in the fall, and, hopefully take our message to Calgary Junior High schools as well. Here’s a couple snapshots from the BSD campaign album on our Facebook page.
In two days, with the help of the Women’s Resource Centre, we made over 150 buttons and attached them to flyers that discussed consent, what it is and why it’s important.
We wrote fun and helpful messages on blackboards and chalkboards around campus the day before BSD to spark interest and encourage awareness about consent.
Our team also put up posters such as this one – available at the U of A Students’ Union website– on posterboards in MacEwan Hall. We also posted some from the Don't Be That Guy Campaign.
And finally, we made our flyers and consent messages easily shared on Facebook and Twitter and received very positive feedback.
But there is much, much more work to be done to truly change the culture on campus and in our city to make conversations about consent commonplace and expected. Keep in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter, or purchase a membership at one of our events this year to keep up with upcoming CASE projects!