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Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2017

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Manitoba. Our goal during Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault, share information about available resources, and foster a greater understanding of consent.

Sexual violence is a serious issue across Canada, but especially in Manitoba. According to a Statistics Canada’s Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, in 2015 there were 1,356 police-reported sexual assaults in Manitoba. This is a rate of more than 104 sexual violence victims for every 100,000 people. This is almost two times the national rate, which is more than 59 victims per 100,000 population.

These are alarming statistics – but even more alarming is that research shows 95 per cent of sexual assaults aren’t reported to the police.

We invite Manitobans to join in a dialogue and help raise awareness of sexual assault, by attending one of the following Sexual Assault Awareness Month events:

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault – What You Need to Know

poster for April 7, 2017 event Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault – What You Need to Know
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault (PDF)

April 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata, 445 King Street (Event Hall)

Join Minister Rochelle Squires and experts from Ka Ni Kanichihk, Klinic, Manitoba Victim Services, Manitoba Prosecution Service, the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service. Learn about services that are available immediately after someone experiences a sexual assault, and subsequent steps survivors can take. This session will be of particular interest to people who have been affected or have a loved one who has been affected by sexual violence.

RSVP by April 5, 2017
204-945-6281, 1-800-263-0234 or msw@gov.mb.ca

This session will also be available via webinar. Register for the Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault webinar.

Creating a Culture of Consent – Experiences from Working with Kids, Youth and Adults

poster for April 26, 2017 event Creating a Culture of Consent – Experiences from Working with Kids, Youth and Adults
Creating a Culture of Consent (PDF)

April 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Brandon University (Louis Riel Room)

This panel discussion will highlight different approaches to fostering a consent culture. Panel guests include: Brandon Pride, Brandon University, the Sexuality Education Resource Centre–Brandon, and The Women's Resource Centre. Panelists will speak about their work as it pertains to consent. They will share successful practices, talk about challenges, and comment on how the conversation about consent has changed over time. Panelists will also talk about the prevalence of rape culture in our society, and about the important work being done to cultivate a culture of consent.

RSVP by April 24, 2017
204-945-6281, 1-800-263-0234 or msw@gov.mb.ca

This session will also be available via webinar. Register for the Creating a Culture of Consent webinar.

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  • Visit You Are Not Alone. This website contains information on available supports, health information, police information and information on consent.
  • Participate in discussions, share information or follow social media conversations with #Consent, #SAAM2017, #EndSV, #SupportSurvivors, #ConsentCulture, #YouAreNotAlone

Please contact the Manitoba Status of Women Secretariat for more information or to request any accommodation for the events. Please note – ASL interpretation requests are required two weeks prior to event dates to secure a booking.

Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for the Status of Women discusses the importance of consent and how it relates to sexual violence:

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