We actively support research that sheds light on the issue of gender-based violence. We share our knowledge through our Speaker Series events and research publications.
We also collaborate with groups working to end gender-based violence. Together, we strive to contribute to conversations and find solutions to issues such as gender-based violence, youth and drinking, and engaging men in violence prevention.
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Project SoundCheckWith support from Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Sexual Assault Network partnered with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women for Project SoundCheck. The program teaches event volunteers to recognize and handle situations that may look like sexual assaults at large festivals and events. A 2014 study by the Ottawa Hospital Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program found that of the 204 new cases of sexual assault reported to the program in 2013, 25% of them happened at festivals, parties and other big events. Bluesfest, Escapade Music Festival and Canada Day festivities in Kanata have all taken the training. Volunteers learn strategies to intervene in sexual assaults and how to get help.
I Can MANifest Change
I Can MANifest Change is a project that helps men and boys build skills in preventing gender-based violence. It encourages open discussion so they can become more aware of the culture and behaviours that create gender-based violence and discover how they can be part of the solution.
Led by the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, the project started out as a series of conversations and workshops. These have reached over 1,800 young men in Ottawa.
The program has extended to include train-the-trainer events with local organizations and youth-serving agencies, who deliver the training to socially marginalized young men.
The training sessions create a safe place for men to discuss their questions and concerns without feeling attacked or judged. Men also learn how to use bystander intervention techniques to respond to uncomfortable situations.
Crime Prevention Ottawa provided some funds for the launch of I Can MANifest Change from 2014-2018. The project is now funded by the Trillium Foundation.
For more information, visit the program’s website.