Sexual Violence Awareness

Our team here at AUArts SA has been actively engaged in creating awareness and change surrounding sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. Your Executive Committee(EC) has been promoting awareness of and creating positive change in regards to sexual violence and assault incidents and policies. Your EC is lobbying on a provincial level for Sexual Violence Policy standards in within the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC) and within campus committees. For those looking for help or to help please look at our resources below.

What is Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is an act committed against someone’s sexual integrity without that person’s freely given consent. It can be physical and/or non-contact, affects all ages and genders, and the person committing the act may be known or a stranger. It’s against the law.

Sexual assault

  • Is a legal term used in Canada to explain any form of sexual contact without consent. It can include forced or unwanted kissing, touching, vaginal penetration, anal penetration or oral sex.

Sexual harassment

  • Unwanted or uninvited sexual remarks, gestures, sounds like leering or whistling, and actions that make a person feel unsafe, degraded or uncomfortable, even if the harasser claims to have been only joking. Any unwanted sexual behaviour that affects or prevents a person from getting or keeping a job, promotion or living accommodations.

Sexual exploitation

  • Sexual exploitation happens when a person in a position of trust or authority uses that power to start or attempt sexual activity with another person. It can be through direct or indirect touching, violence, coercion or the use of threats.

Sexual consent

  • Consent is defined in Canada’s Criminal Code as the voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. The legal age of consent is 16 in Canada. Silence or passivity does not equal consent and consenting partners must be capable of revoking consent at any time. Therefore, consent cannot be given in advance and there is no implied consent in Canadian law.

Source: Government of Alberta

Resources

More resources listed under Calgary Police Services’ Victim Resources

Calgary Community Resources

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Calgary Police Services

The Calgary Police Service Victim Assistance Support Team has been a source of support to thousands of victims of crime and tragedy in Calgary since 1977. Our role is to reduce the impact you may experience from a crime or tragedy. All services are free of charge. Sexual assault is a criminal act and the complexities of the criminal justice system can cause additional stress.

“The Calgary Police’s Victim Assistance Support Team is here to assist you through this challenging time. If you’re a victim of sexual assault, please report it to the Police.” – Calgary Police Services

In an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Non-emergency line: 403-266-1234

Website: www.calagary.ca/cps

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Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network

24-hour crisis line: 403-237-5888 or toll-free 1-877-237-5888

Website: www.connectnetwork.ca

  • One phone call connects you to Calgary’s network of services and support.
  • Provides access to comprehensive services and support for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual abuse.

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211 Alberta

Telephone: Call 211 or 1-855-266-1605
Website: www.ab.211.ca/

211 Alberta is a 24-hour, non-emergency information and referral line that helps people connect to a full range of social, health and government services.

Counselling resources for adults

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Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA)

24-hour crisis line: 403-237-5888 or toll-free 1-877-237-5888

Website: www.calgarycasa.com/

  • 24-hour information and support.
  • Short term counseling (ages 12+).

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Calgary Counselling Centre

Telephone: 403-691-5991 (business hours)

Website: www.calgarycounselling.com/

  • Long term sexual abuse counselling for individuals, families or couples.

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The Distress Center

24-hour crisis line: 403-266-HELP (4357)

  • 24-hour Information and support
  • Access to free counseling services for individuals, groups and families.

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Eastside Family Counseling Centre

24-hour crisis line: 403-269-9699
Telephone: 403-299-9696
Address: 255, 495 36 St. N.E., Northgate Mall

  • No fee – immediate walk-in counseling for youth, individuals and families.
  • Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Telephone: 403-263-4414

Website: www.ciwa-online.com

  • Professional, culturally-sensitive counselling for immigrant women and their families who are experiencing transition challenges, relationship problems, abuse and trauma.

Health Resources

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Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team (CSART)

Telephone: 403-955-6011

Address: Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, 1213 4th Street SW (24-hour service)

Website: www.calgarycasa.com

  • Specialized doctors and nurses provide comprehensive care to individuals who have experienced sexual assault (rape) or abuse within the past 72 hours.
  • Clients may choose what services they wish to receive.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinical Services

Telephone: 403-228-7430 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Website: www.albertahealthservices.ca

  • Assess a list of confidential clinics offer STD testing, treatment, emergency contraception and support.

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Centre for Sexuality (Calgary Sexual Health Centre)

Telephone: 403-283-5580
Address: 700, 1509 Centre Street SW

Website: www.centreforsexuality.ca/

  • Information, support and referrals by telephone to individuals who prefer to call or who are unable to access our services in person. Counselling and education services available.

Resources for court appearances

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Child Witness Court Preparation Court Program

Telephone: 403- 289-8385

Website: www.childcourtprep.com

  • Providing tools and resources to help children and teens prepare for their day in court.

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Calgary Crown Prosecutor’s Office

Telephone: 403-297-3912 / 403-297-3913

Website: www.alberta.ca/ministry-justice-solicitor-general.aspx

  • Providing information on court proceedings to victims and witnesses during the Criminal Justice process.

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CCASA Police And Court Education and Support Program (PACES)

Telephone: 403-237-5888 or toll-free 1-877-237-5888

  • The Police And Court Education and Support (P.A.C.E.S.) Program provides specialized information, education, and court support.

Other Resources

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Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services (AASAS)

Telephone: 403-237-6905 ext 3

Website: aasas.ca/

The primary work of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services is to provide leadership, coordination and collaboration of sexual assault services in Alberta. The AASAS member agencies and services are responsible for day to day front line delivery of services within their local communities and regional areas (see AASAS Member map).  To contact a sexual assault centre, visit Get Help.

As a provincial support organization, AASAS focuses its efforts in these key areas:

  • Awareness: AASAS works to increase public and government awareness of issues involving sexual abuse and sexual assault and the impacts they have on Albertans.
  • Access: AASAS strives to ensure that all Albertans affected by sexual abuse and sexual assault have access to healing and recovery programs, services and supports

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Hollaback! – Alberta

Website: alberta.ihollaback.org/

Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment. We work together to understand the problem, ignite public conversations, and develop innovative strategies that ensure equal access to public spaces. We leverage the very spaces where harassment happens – from online to the streets – to have each other’s backs, create communities of resistance, and build a world where we can all be who we are, wherever we are.

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Alberta Government – Commitment to end sexual violence

Website: Alberta.ca

Alberta has made a government-wide commitment to prevent sexual violence and improve support for survivors. Resource links available if you need help or want to help.

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It’s Time – Edmonton

Website: City of Edmonton – Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative

Facebook: It’s Time Edmonton

The City of Edmonton’s Gender Based Violence Prevention It’s Time initiative aims to end gender based and sexual violence in Edmonton. Working together is the only way we’ll end gender based violence. Do you have a question? Want to reach out? Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Toolkit and Resources: A toolkit is available for download, which includes helpful tips on things to do if you see gender based violence.

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Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

Website: avaloncentre.ca

Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization working to eliminate sexual assault/abuse, and to change the current socio-political culture that fosters sexism, social injustice and other forms of oppression.

AUArts Sexual Violence Polices & Resources

If there are any health & safety concerns within AUArts, please bring them directly to AUArts Security so those issues can be addressed right away.

AUArts now has a Sexual Violence Policy as well as a separate form for reporting witnessed or experienced sexual assault. We highly recommend giving this policy a read so you are aware of your rights as a student within the AUArts community.

AUArts’ Sexual Violence Policy
AUArts Support Resources
AUArts Critical Path Chart
AUArts Sexual Violence Form

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Sexual violence is an act committed against someone’s sexual integrity without that person’s freely given consent. It can be physical and/or non-contact, affects all ages and genders, and the person committing the act may be known or a stranger. It’s against the law.

(Text Source: Government of Alberta)

Canadian statistics report 1 in 6 women you know will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

(Text Source: It’s Time – City of Edmonton)

Every hour of every day, a woman in Alberta is a victim of some form of violence by an intimate partner.

(Text Source: It’s Time – City of Edmonton)

Sexual violence affects all Albertans – individuals, families and communities. 95% of survivors do not report assaults to police, making sexual violence the most underreported crime in Canada.

(Text Source: Government of Alberta)

Experiencing sexual violence can severely affect a survivor's physical and mental well-being, but there is hope for healing with time and supports.

(Text Source: Government of Alberta)

Four out of ten people in Calgary are, or have been in relationships that are abusive or show signs of abuse.

(Text Source: Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network)

Almost half of Calgarians have experienced some form of sexual abuse.

(Text Source: Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network)

What is sexual harassment? Unwanted or uninvited sexual remarks, gestures, sounds like leering or whistling, and actions that make a person feel unsafe, degraded or uncomfortable, even if the harasser claims to have been only joking. Any unwanted sexual behaviour that affects or prevents a person from getting or keeping a job, promotion or living accommodations.

(Text Source: Government of Alberta)

Whether or not someone has had multiple sexual partners, their rights to consent do not change. Every time a person becomes sexually active with another, consent is required. If a person has consented to sexual relations before with a partner it doesn’t mean that consent is automatic.

(Text Source: Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse)

Offenders are responsible for their actions regardless of if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Being intoxicated does not excuse the actions of the offender and is NOT an acceptable legal defense. The offender made a choice to offend even if they were drunk or high.

(Text Source: Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault)

Everyone has the right to have control over what happens to their body. They can choose with whom, when and for how long any activity takes place. No matter how far along, or even during sexual activities, a person can change their mind. A kiss is not a contract.

(Text Source: Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault)