Orientation Week 2013 has come to a close and we're thrilled for the many positive responses we received at the Orientation Week Resource Fair. We had a bucket full of buttons and completely ran out of them so we're excited to see students wear them around on campus. We also handed out flyers that explained what consent is and why it is essential in sexual relationships. The dessert images were created by the talented illustrator and animator Morgan Shandro for our "Consent is Sweet" campaign. We would also like to thank the Calgary Sexual Health Centre for lending us their button maker!
We had a largely positive response - except for a small handful of young males who openly laughed at our display. This is discouraging and we hope this attitude quickly changes. Considering the recent news that students from Saint Mary's University in Halifax and across the country at the University of British Columbia have been documented chanting endorsements of sexual assault, campus safety is an issue all students should take seriously.
If you have encountered any chants, activities or slogans that perpetuate rape culture at the University of Calgary, please get in touch with us. Email us here so we can work together to make campus a safe space for everyone.
We're looking forward to a great year! We have plenty of events planned so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up. You can also subscribe to our mailing list for volunteer opportunities here.