It all starts with understanding the facts.
Each year in Canada, it is estimated there are 600,000 sexualized assaults. 99% of sexualized violence is perpetrated by men while victims are of all genders, and in particular from marginalized populations. In the Yukon, the rates are 3.5 times higher than the national average.
- 1 in 4 women in Canada experience sexualized assault.
- 1 in 2 transfolks experience sexualized violence.
- Indigenous women are 3 times more likely to experience sexualized violence.
- Folks who identify as non-heterosexual or non-binary were up to 6 times more likely to experience sexualized violence in Canada.
- Individuals who are living with disabilities or mental health challenges are 2 times more likely to experience sexualized violence.
Sexualized Assault Prevention Month is an annual campaign designed to engage all folks as allies to prevent sexualized violence in our community. This inter-agency campaign is all about creating conversations with each other so that together we can change our culture and our community for the better.
So Let’s Talk About It.
The Role Men (Can) Play
Ending sexualized violence is everyone’s responsibility, and cis men (individuals assigned male at birth) can play a unique and integral role in helping that happen. By understanding the female experience and the experience of gender non-conforming victims, learning about the issue, taking accountability for the true impact of your actions, and being a voice for change in your peer group and community, you can make our community a safer and better place.
In 1/3 of instances of sexual assault there are bystanders leading up to the event. What does this mean? It means that we all have the power to help prevent sexual assault!
Every action, large or small, helps to shift the conversation and eliminate violence. This includes calling attention to situations before they lead to violence, setting the tone with your friends of what is acceptable talk and behaviour, stepping in when you see an incident, supporting and believing victims, and calling out actions and ideas that contribute to a culture of violence.