S.T.A.N.D. ASA aims to prevent sexual violence through the enrichment of awareness and education by providing information sessions and workshops on topics surrounding all aspects of sexual violence. To open hearts and mind, we need to educate hearts and minds.

A typical Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention presentation provides information on conditions and issues that contribute to and impact sexual violence.

Presentations run 1-2 hours in length depending on the client needs, group size, subject interest, as well as the age and maturity of the intendent audience. Content can be tailored and adjusted to fit any group.   We strive for individual attitude and behavior change as we move toward communities free of all forms of violence. Our workshops are focused on creating a safe space for participation and sharing. Interactive components help participants assess their current understanding of the reality, underlying causes and prevention strategies that can help prevent sexual violence.

Workshops are led by a Services Coordinator/Educator accompanied by a volunteer Peer Support Mentor to support any audience member who may be triggered by the information provided in the presentation.

Takeaways include:

      • Myths vs facts
      • Current statistics
      • Impacts of sexual violence
      • Victim impact stories
      • Personal responsibility for change
      • How to prevent sexual assault
      • How to support victims/survivors
      • Local resources and link

 

Our Ending Silence – Sexual Violence 101 workshop has been delivered to schools and minor sports organizations in the community, and we have received very positive feedback regarding the impact of these workshops in providing education for students on statistics and stigma around sexual violence, and information on support for survivors.

Teacher feedback we have received:

Through behaviours and discussions I have observed in my classes, it became clear to me that students, both male and female, often struggle with understanding the gravity of these issues, and as a result are left with misinformed, toxic, or naïve perspectives. Exposure to these topics is deeply lacking, yet very needed, in our schools.  I was worried that I was not properly equipped to address these important issues in an effective and fair manner, so I reached out to Erin who had just established the S.T.A.N.D. Asa in Strathmore. Erin also shared a passion for educating our Youth, and was in the process of creating a program to bring into schools. I was initially concerned about the sensitivity of the issue and was worried about whether it would be age-appropriate for all of our students, but Erin was happy to have teachers preview the program so that we could provide feedback

The S.T.A.N.D presentation was well-researched, and it brought up many important issues regarding the topic of sexual violence. Erin shared stories from her personal experience, and this really helped the students to see the importance and commonality of these issues.”

 

When we asked student workshop attendees what their biggest takeaways were, we received the following feedback:   

 

“In order to change society and culture, we have to change ourselves.”

 “Makes you realize that even joking around about this stuff makes you realize how serious it is.” 

 “The statistics of the whole presentation. Specifically I was shocked that 58% of women in Alberta have experienced sexual assault”

 “The awareness, her story and the videos especially really opened my eyes to how normalized the predator-like attitudes are in the media.”

“That we need to stand up to other’s who’s being harassed because it could happen to our son and daughters in the future.”

 “Learning the difference between protection and prevention. It also helped me have a clearer understanding of society.” 

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