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Courage catalysts: creating consent culture on campus: a toolkit by students, for students

Faculty Advisor




gender-based violence, post-secondary institutions, consent culture

Abstract (summary)

Being a student at a post-secondary institution (PSI) comes with many challenges: balancing academic commitments, maintaining a social life on and off campus, working, and family responsibilities—to name a few things. On top of these pressures, more than 71% of Canadian students experienced or witnessed unwanted sexualized behaviours while completing their degree. Though there’s been decades of activism and research to prevent and address gender-based violence (GBV), we still have a lot of work ahead of us to prevent GBV on campus and to meet the needs of survivors at PSIs. If you’re coming to this toolkit frustrated about the pervasiveness of violence on campus, know you are not alone. In fact, this toolkit was designed by diverse student advocates from across Canada who felt a similar frustration. We became involved in advocacy work for a variety of reasons, such as witnessing injustice, supporting our friends in the aftermath of GBV on campus, or navigating sexualized violence ourselves. We had an incredible opportunity to collaboratively create the kinds of tools we wished we had when organizing on campus, and we hope it will be helpful to you. If you are someone who strives to see a growing consent culture at your PSI, this guide will walk you through tools that may help you reach that goal.

Publication Information

Burnham, J., Clarkson, L., DesRochers, J., Dunne, C., Gabriele, C., Garcia, J., Glaspey, T., Gray, M., Gupta, R., Irvine, T., Javed, K., King, Z., Kuzmyk, E., Magaji, V., Malankov, C., McKay, A., Perry, N., Prévost, F., Snow, A., Toner, J., Wong, T., & Wright, J. (2021). Courage Catalysts: Creating Consent Culture on Campus. Courage to Act: Addressing and Preventing Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions in Canada.



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