Sexual Violence Awareness Month

May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month in Alberta and Bow Valley College is taking part.

Throughout the month of May there are different participation and learning opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to promote awareness of sexual violence. This includes learning more about available on- and off-campus supports, exploring how to support those who have been impacted by sexual violence and looking at how you can be a part of supporting culture of consent at Bow Valley College.

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#DearSurvivor/#SurvivorLoveLetter Social Media Campaign: 

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Bow Valley College is taking part in the #SurvivorLoveLetter campaign for the second year.

This campaign is done in collaboration with Mount Royal University, and the University of Calgary, we are working to promote campuses that care for and support those who have been impacted by sexual violence, and share messages that celebrate survivors and express that they are believed, supported and loved.

We want to celebrate the lives of survivors and let them know that they are not alone, help is available, we believe them, and the violence was not their fault.

Members of the College community are being asked to share letters of care and support to those who have been impacted by sexual violence.

Survivor Love Letters is a movement for survivors of sexual violence and their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. It was started by filmmaker and activist, Tani Ikeda in 2012 on the anniversary of her assault where she penned a letter to her younger self that ended with the words: “this is my survivor love letter” (survivorloveletters.com).

Some of the letters submitted will be posted throughout Sexual Violence Awareness Month on BVC social media accounts.

If you would like to make a submission:

Submissions can be through art, draw, paint, design, music, spoken word, or messages. Images of what is created can be sent to Erin Kordich, Sexual Violence Response Advisor at ekordich@bowvalleycollege.ca.

To see examples of Survivor Love Letters, check out #SurvivorLoveLetters and @survivor.love.letter on social media.

Check out the letters on BVC Social Media Accounts throughout May 2020

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Did You Know… Mondays:

About: Each Monday throughout May learn facts about sexual violence, consent, available supports on campus, and support skills.

Where: BVC Social Media Accounts

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Virtual Workshop: Let’s Talk About Consent (For BVC Students)

When:Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 1pm-2pm

Where:MS Teams (online)

About: Have questions about consent? Curious about what consent looks like in day-to-day interactions, dating relationships, or online? Wonder how you can ask, listen, and respect when it comes to consent conversations?

Join in this live virtual workshop to learn about what consent is, what it looks like, and how to ask, listen and respect when asking for consent. You will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions.

Presented by the Sexual Violence Response Advisor, Erin Kordich.

For BVC Students.

Registration Required: http://www.cvent.com/d/vnqgmw

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Virtual Lunch and Learn for Staff and Faculty: Sexual Violence Response on Campus

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 1pm-2pm

Where: MS Teams (online)

About: Participants will learn more about the Sexual Violence Policy, available supports on campus, and expectations surrounding disclosure response on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Presented by the Sexual Violence Response Advisor, Erin Kordich.

For BVC Employees

Registration Required: http://www.cvent.com/d/1nqgmc

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Online Trainings on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence:

Those who complete the training in May and receive a Certificate of Completion, will be entered in a draw to win a Wellness Kit/Self-care Package!

About:Bow Valley College has developed a training to inform and empower students, staff and faculty to receive and respond supportively to disclosures of sexual violence.

For Students:

Training Name: Supporting Disclosures of Sexual Violence Training – Students

Where: D2L Brightspace (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/bvc-login)

About: This training has been developed to inform students about what sexual violence and consent are, develop knowledge and skills in how to support someone who has disclosed sexual violence on-campus and provide resource information.

How to Register: Self-registration.

Read the instructions on how to register

For Staff and Faculty:

Training Name: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence - Staff

Where: D2L Brightspace (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/bvc-login)

About: This training has been developed to inform staff and faculty about what sexual violence is and develop knowledge and skills in how to support a learner who has disclosed sexual violence and provide resource information.

How to Register: Self-registration.

Read the instructions on how to register

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For more information or questions, contact:

Erin Kordich, Sexual Violence Response Advisor

ekordich@bowvalleycollege.ca

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