What is sexual violence?
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Sexual Violence Facts
Sexual violence is prevalent
39 per cent of women and 12 per cent of men are sexually assaulted in Canada. These statistics don't include the spectrum of behaviours and acts like sexism, stalking, sexual harassment, and more.
With the high rate of sexual violence, raising awareness is pivotal to providing a safe environment where our community can flourish.
Cultural factors enable sexual violence
Through popular culture, media and every-day actions, we normalize sexual violence.
Things like derogatory language, sexist jokes, narrowly defined gender roles, glamorization of violence in pop culture, sexism and victim-blaming are root causes of sexual violence.
Sexual violence is connected to discrimination
Sexual violence is difficult to address because it’s connected to many other forms of discrimination. Intersections with race, ability, gender and sexual identity affect access to justice and risk of violence.
To make change, we need to address all areas of oppression and bring them into conversation.
Resources for Download
Through a trauma informed approach, the University of Calgary has developed downloadable resources for supporters and survivors of sexual violence, including self-care colouring books and informative postcards.
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