Throughout the year, we work hard to bring you an array of events, activities and information to promote healthy, consensual (sexual or not) relationships and to confront and prevent sexual violence on campus. We kickoff the fall semester each year with our week-long #ConsentMcGill campaign, created in collaboration with our many partners across campus. This campaign is followed by variety of initiatives supported by our Consent McGill Peer Educator Team. Past events have included the Sexual Health Fair, Sex Trivia Night, Clothing Swap, movie screenings, panel discussions and much more. All members of the University community have a role to play in preventing sexual violence on our campus and effectively supporting those affected by it. Whether you are a first year student, faculty member, frontline staff or student leader, your involvement and engagement are crucial!
Contact us for more information on our events or on how to get involved.
The #ConsentMcGill campaign began as a university-wide educational initiative in 2014. The campaign is designed to create a dialogue about and increase the understanding of consent, healthy relationships, and sexual violence prevention.
Through its unique approach, the campaign addresses consent in the context of day-to-day life as well as in sexual relationships. By promoting the three key principles of consent (Ask, Listen and Respect), the campaign strives to empower community members to have healthy and respectful relationships.
#ConsentMcGill is back! Join us from Sept 24th - Oct 5th to learn innovative and unique ways to: get involved with consent education and sexual violence awareness/prevention efforts on campus; be an active bystander and prevent harmful situations from happening; have healthy sexual relationships; support survivor/victims; and much more!
Calendar of Events
A full list of events with descriptions and links to RSVP is included below. Please note that events denoted with a (*) require registration.
Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:00am to 1:00pm, SACOMSS Office (2075 Robert Bourassa, Suite 5)
The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students' Society in collaboration with #ConsentMcGill invites you to come visit their space and check out their library of books on sexual assault, gender, feminism, and much more, as well as zines and other resources. Volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have about SACOMSS and its services. Tea and snacks will be provided. Please note that the regular drop-in support hours for survivors of sexual assault will not be taking place during these times, but you are welcome to drop-in for support or call us at 514-398-8500 any time after 12 p.m.
Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Brown Building 4300
This free two-hour workshop will use dance/movement and storytelling to give participants the opportunity to explore the topic of consent and safe sexual relationships using their bodies as the expressive medium.
Dance and movement are useful tools for exploring challenging topics and subject matter. These tools have been used for storytelling purposes, to give agency, and to reduce stress, all relevant outcomes when considering the topic of sexual violence and/or consent. Additionally, dance can be used to explore the topic of sexual violence and/or consent, as dance/movement require connecting the mind to the body, and sexual experiences can include both a physical and emotional component. Dance/movement is also a helpful tool in realizing/expressing thoughts, ideas, and feelings that we may not necessarily have the vocabulary to express in words.
Participants are asked to bring comfortable clothes to dance in, as well as a water bottle for hydration. The workshop will be held by Chloe Garcia,
PhD candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Senior Research-Assistant and Lead PhD mentor for IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, and Graduate Student Representative for the Implementation Committee for the Policy Against Sexual Violence at McGill University.
Monday, September 24, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Thomson House 404
During this 2 hour interactive workshop, participants learn about the prevalence of sexual violence at McGill and in the larger community, and the various impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals. You will learn how to respond to and support people affected by sexual violence by using appropriate tools and approaches.
Participants will then practice these tools and methods they have learned through group activities and case scenarios. The workshop will also explore key terms and discuss common myths and misconceptions about sexual violence that may affect one's ability to effectively respond to and support disclosures. Participants will also learn about the many different support resources available on campus and in the community.
Students who complete the workshop receive credits on their co-curricular record.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Brown Building 5001
Join the OSVRSE in collaboration with McGill’s first ever LGBTQ2I+ History Month for a free movie screening and discussion of the movie Pariah. This film is an acutely observed examination of strait-laced parents trying to deny a child’s homosexuality while all the time knowing better.
After the screening, hear from Meryem Benslimane, McGill’s Equity Education Advisor on how to film’s synopsis can reflect the lived realities of our McGill students. Discussions and talking points will focus on the process of coming out, what denial, rejection and unacceptance can look and feel like for LGBQTQI2+ students. We will also explore what happens when established beliefs about gender/hetero roles are challenged and how we can create safer more inclusive spaces for everyone at McGill - pointing to support resources in our community.
Finally, we hope to touch upon the topic of sexual communication to challenge stigmas and taboos when addressing non-normative sexual relationships.
Snacks will be provided!
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 11:30am to 2:00pm, O-SVRSE
Join us on September 27th from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) open house, located at 550 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 585 west tower elevators 1-11. Meet the team, become familiar with our services, and find out how you can get involved in creating change on campus! Light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, O-SVRSE
Free for McGill members, these sessions are designed as an alternative to traditional yoga practices. Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory and Hatha Yoga practice, with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.
The classes will be guided by Karen Hargot, a certified yoga and meditation instructor with over 600 hours of alignment-based training and 12 years of teaching. She is also a mental health Recreational Therapist and uses the principles of adaptation, inclusion and self-efficacy to create classes which explore new pathways for building distress tolerance, resilience, autonomy and growth of the participants.
Through yoga asana and meditation, participants will be encouraged to move at a pace which encourages self-observation of their bodies, minds and breath. All skill and experience levels welcome. We start where you are today.
Friday, September 28, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, O-SVRSE and Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12:00pm to 3:00pm, O-SVRSE
To break down some of the barriers and to better connect our community to the awesome services available for people impacted by sexual violence, the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (O-SVRSE) invites you to join us for an interactive walking tour to discover a few of the many resources at McGill and in the Montreal community doing fantastic work with survivors.
Participants will meet at the O-SVRSE office to learn about the office’s new services and how you can get involved. Next stops will include The Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS), the Centre for Gender Advocacy, the Montreal Sexual Assault Centre, Nightline, Walksafe, Project 10 and more.
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 11:00am to 1:00pm, Bishop Mountain Hall (3935 University Street)
On Sunday, September 30th from 11:00am to 1:00 p.m., head to BMH for a new, free sex positive event called Bang’n & Brunch! At this event, Healthy McGill will showcase some of their sex positive products including vibrators, dildos, contraceptives and much more. You will also get a chance to hear from experts on campus about how to have safer sex, what fun and respect relationships entail, debunk myths, and why there’s so much fuss around Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and the importance of getting tested. Fresh fruit and croissants will be provided and free giveaways, including condoms, dental dams, water bottles and key chains, will be available.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Brown Building 3001
This free 2 hour Becoming An Active Bystander workshop empowers community members to identify and intervene in potentially harmful situations, and to respond compassionately to individuals affected by sexual assault.
By providing participants with scenarios relevant to university life, this program will provide skills and knowledge to intervene safely, educate peers on the different aspects of sexual violence, confront rape culture, and mediate group activities. This workshop strives to foster a community of responsibility, to reduce the incidents of sexual violence, and to create a safer space on campus.
Students who complete the workshop receive credits on their co-curricular record.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 8:00pm to 10:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm), The Minimain at Mainline Theatre and Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:00pm to 10:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm), The Minimain at Mainline Theatre
The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education will host a free 60-minute performance of Don’t Read the Comments, followed by a talk-back with the artists.
From the creator of the award-winning Fringe shows Talk, Mackerel and In Memoriam, comes a new immersive theatrical provocation. Set at the live taping of a TV talk show, Don't Read the Comments delves into the "grey areas” of sexual encounters and consent. Through the dark, filterless art of clown and bouffon and the power of true storytelling, the show invites you to look into its warped mirror and confront what you see staring back.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. The play begins at 8 p.m. and talk-back begins at 9 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Brown Building 5001
This free three-hour workshop aims to provide a space to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexual consent, healthy relationships and other sexuality topics.
We will discuss current barriers to ‘consent culture’ and the change that is needed to break these down. As the main activity, workshop participants will have the opportunity to speak about what matters to them by designing and shooting short vlogs (video logs) on consent and consent culture.
Participants will have the option to post their vlog (or future vlogs) on a YouTube channel and submit their vlog to a film festival entitled “Let’s Talk About Consent Culture,” held in November (neither is mandatory to participate in this workshop).
The workshop will be held by Chloe Garcia, PhD candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Senior Research-Assistant and Lead PhD mentor for IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, and Graduate Student Representative for the Implementation Committee for the Policy Against Sexual Violence at McGill University.
No equipment is needed, all necessary materials will be provided.
Friday, October 5, 2018, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Carrefour Sherbrooke (475 Sherbrooke W.)
Join the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) for this important panel on sexual harassment in a university context, and come away with a better understanding of some of the legal frameworks that inform McGill’s internal policies on sexual violence. Topics will include everything from adopting a survivor-centred approach to support and reporting, to balancing confidentiality rights and access to information, to maintaining procedural fairness, and the obligation to act in cases of sexual violence. OSVRSE members will be joined by representatives from the Quebec Human Rights Commission, the Quebec Labour Board, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions and McGill administration to elaborate on the different legal systems, reporting options, and what to expect when filing a report.
Our speakers for the event will include:
Sophie Lamarre, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Office of Youth Affairs, Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions
Sophie Lamarre began practicing criminal law as a defense lawyer in private practice. In 2000, she began her career as Deputy Attorney General at the Montréal office and then as criminal and penal prosecuting attorney. She was part of the sexual assault team and was the team leader for the clearance of complaints. She pleaded several cases before the Quebec Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Since July 2012, she has been Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the Bureau of Youth Affairs in Montreal where she is responsible for a team of 15 prosecutors.
Julie Dumontier, Education and Cooperation Officer, Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights
Julie Dumontier has been an Education and Cooperation Officer with the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights since 2012. She previously worked in the promotion of human rights as well as in the field of technology as a blogger, trainer, editor and coordinator. She is passionate about international issues, especially women's rights. After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies in humanities and social sciences at Université Laval, she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in law at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Lili Luisa Lepore, Expert Advisor Psychological Harassment, Vice Presidency of Labor Standards - DSO
Lili Luisa Lepore has worked for the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) since 1993. Since the coming into force of the 2004 legislation on psychological harassment at work, Ms. Lepore has greatly contributed to the development of expertise in this area. In 2004, Ms. Lepore was appointed investigator of psychological harassment in the Montreal office team. In February 2011, she became team leader of the psychological harassment investigators in the Montréal office. Since May 2017, Ms. Lepore has been working as an expert advisor on psychological harassment at the CNESST, in the Labor Standards sector.
Line Thibault, General Counsel, McGill University
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, McLennan Library; Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:00 to 4:00pm, Brown Building; Thursday, September 27, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Macdonald Campus; Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Bronfman Building
Come visit us at one of our tables across campus through Sept 24- Oct 5th. We will be set up between 12 and 4 in the afternoon. Our volunteers have a ton of info to give you about upcoming events and workshops! Not to mention all the goodies we have prepared for you, including key-chains, stickers, magnets, and sexual health resources! We look forward to seeing you there!
The 4th annual campaign took place from September 25th to October 5th 2017. Some of the campaign highlights included Persephone Bound, a play co-produced by Imago Theatre and the Screaming Goat Collective. This intensely visceral play explores the meaning of consent through the lens of a contemporary retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone. It is a thought-provoking exploration of what it means to come forward as a young survivor of sexual assault.
The O-SVRSE organized awareness-raising activities across campus, including the Becoming an Active Bystander and Responding to Disclosures workshops. Other activities included trauma-sensitive yoga classes, walking tours to familiarize participants with resources for survivors at McGill in the community, self-expression through art workshops, free STI testing, and participation in the Montreal March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
The 3rd annual #ConsentMcGill campaign took place from September 26th to September 29th, 2016. Highlights included the “Improving Survivor Care: Supporting Disclosures of Sexual Violence in a University Setting” symposium, a “Know Your Rights” information session and workshops about responding to disclosures and becoming an active bystander. The O-SVRSE also collaborated with the First Peoples’ House and indigenous students to organize a Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the lives of indigenous women and their families who have been affected by gender-based and sexual violence.
“How to Frosh” Consent Ed Video!
Created in collaboration with Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU), Campus Life & Engagement - McGill University (Student Services), and the Faculty Froshes to promote a more inclusive and safer Frosh experience for all! The video reviews safer partying, consent education, and how to become an active bystander to reduce potentially harmful situations, with a specific focus on sexual violence prevention. Using a clever (and even at times funny) dance analogy, viewers are shown how to Ask, Listen, and Respect consent and to look out for their friends.
The 2nd annual #ConsentMcGill campaign featured interactive workshops, a panel on consent, the “I practice consent by…” social media event, two promotional videos entitled: McGill Athletes for Consent and the Arts Undergraduate Society for Consent, bilingual posters and postcards, give-away kits and educational booths set up around campus.