Courage to Act is a two-year national initiative to address and prevent gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses in Canada. It builds on the key recommendations within Possibility Seeds vital report Courage to Act: Developing a National Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions. With a team of experts from across Canada, we will develop tools, create resources and share strategies in the first national collaborative of its kind to take action on gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses.

gENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IS FAR TOO COMMON in Canada

41%

of all reported incidents of sexual assault were reported by students.

261,000

incidents of sexual assault reported by students.

90%

of reported sexual assaults are committed against women.

$7.4b

Canadians collectively spend to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone.

4/5

4 out of 5 undergraduate students surveyed at Canadian universities reported experiencing dating violence

2x

women with disabilities are twice as likely as women without disabilities to have been sexually assaulted.

19%

of women aged 15-64 reported they experienced at least one type of harassment in the workplace in the past 12 months.

13%

of men aged 15-64 reported they experienced at least one type of harassment in the workplace in the past 12 months.

2m

Canadians aged 15 years and older (8% of women and 5% of men) reported being stalked in the preceding five years.

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  • 41% of all reported incidents of sexual assault were reported by students (Statistics Canada, 2017)
  • 7.4B Canadians collectively spend to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone (Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2015)
  • 19% of women aged 15-65 reported they experienced at least one type of harassment in the workplace in the last 12 months (Statistics Canada, 2018a)
  • 13% of men aged 15-65 reported they experience at least one type of harassment in the workplace in the past 12 months. (Statistics Canada, 2018a)
  • 261,000 incidents of sexual assault reported by students. (Statistics Canada, 2017)
  • 4 out of 5 undergraduate students surveyed at Canadian universities reported experiencing dating violence (DeKeseredy, 2011)
  • 90% of reported sexual assault are committed against women (Statistics Canada, 2015)
  • 2x women with disabilities are twice as likely as women without disabilities to have been sexually assaulted (DisAbled Women’s Network, 2019)
  • 2M Canadians aged 15 years and older (8% of women and 5% of men) reported being stalked in the preceding five years. (Statistics Canada, 2018b)

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Courage to Act is a first-of-its-kind national initiative that will bring together post-secondary faculty, staff, students and other community members from across Canada to implement strategies and tools on campus to prevent and address gender-based violence.

We will do this in the four following ways:

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TOOLKITS & RESOURCES

We will create toolkits and resources for post-secondary campuses including trauma-informed investigations toolkit, a community risk screening tool, an education toolkit and a support and response toolkit.

 
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COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

We will convine ten communities of practices for skill-sharing and knowledge-building across Canada with experts and advocates.

Applications due September 30, 2019.

 

WEBINARS & A PODCAST SERIES

We will create webinars and a podcast series to explore ways communities are working to address and prevent gender-based violence on campuses.

 
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NATIONAL CAMPUS GBV SKILLSHARE

Together, we will host a National Ending Gender-Based Violence on Campus Skillshare in May 2020 for community members to connect and present about promising practices related to ending gender-based violence on campus.


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READ THE REPORT

This report is a call to action: we need a holistic framework that sustainably addresses policy, procedures, and gender-based violence prevention. This report outlines promising practices, key policy areas and prevention plans that are at the foundation of a framework to address and prevent gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses in Canada.