Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment
#EndSexualViolenceYGK — Kingston's own social media campaign
Sexual violence and harassment (SVH) crosses all ages, social boundaries and cultural backgrounds and has devastating impacts on the lives of victims, their families, and society as a whole.
Addressing SVH in our communities begins with education and changes to social attitudes and behavior.
This is why I am starting a local social media campaign to raise awareness of this issue and strengthen the province-wide initiative to eliminate SVH. Launching on Tuesday, May 19th, the campaign will feature a photo and a message from individuals and groups in Kingston and the Islands who are standing up against SVH (see above).
I am so thankful that leaders in our community, such as Chief Larochelle, Mayor Bryan Paterson, Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf, and St. Lawrence College President Glenn Vollebregt, pledged their support immediately and without any hesitation. This campaign represents a great opportunity for men to come forward and be role models for our children and youth.
HOW TO TAKE PART
- Take a photo of yourself or your group holding your SVH message (suggested messages can be found below).
- Post the photo on your Twitter and/or Facebook using the hashtag #EndSexualViolenceYGK.
- Encourage your family and friends to take their own photo and stand up against SVH!
It is very important that the hashtag #EndSexualViolenceYGK be used in your post, as it will help me to collect all submissions in one album on my Facebook page to further promote the campaign. I will retweet and repost all submissions to help extend the reach.
ADD YOUR NAME IN SUPPORT
No social media? No problem! Sign the petition to add your name in support of the campaign and say that "Enough is Enough!". It's time to #EndSexualViolenceYGK and create a safer community for all of us.
Help us to make this Kingston-inspired initiative GO VIRAL – write your message, take a photo, post it on social media, and stand up against SVH!
NEED HELP WITH YOUR MESSAGE? HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS:
- Sexual violence is everyone’s issue
- No Means No
- No more excuses [for sexual assault]
- Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment
- No More ___ [e.g. “blaming”, “silence”, “I deserve this”, “ignorance”, “being afraid”]
- Patriarchal views about masculinity hurt men and women
- Silence is Deafening
- Sex without consent is sexual assault
- Clothing optional, consent required
- End rape culture
- No more misogyny
- Not saying ‘no’, doesn’t mean ‘yes’
- Just because you help someone home doesn’t mean you get to help yourself
- Alcohol doesn’t cause rape. Rapists cause rape.
- Don’t be a bystander
- I'm anti-sexual violence and pro ___
- Ending sexual violence takes all of us
- What will you do?
- Shatter the silence
- Violence against women: it’s not my culture
- Respect my space
- Enough is enough
- Consent is sexy
- Only ‘yes’ means ‘yes’. Supreme Court approved.
- Against violence against women
- Break the silence, on men’s violence.
- End violence to women NOW
- No sex without consent
- Sex or Rape? The difference is Consent.
- Sex without consent is RAPE
- What part of NO don't you understand?
- Women unite. Take back the night.
- Men can stop rape
- Ask, listen, respect
- Men and boys get raped too
- For a rape-free culture
- Women deserve better
- Take no for an answer
- Be proud to be non-violent
- Make non-violence the new normal
OR USE THESE FACTS ABOUT SVH
- Women are 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences.
- In 99% of sexual violence incidents committed against women, the accused perpetrator is male.
- 15% of sexual assault victims are boys under 16.
- Hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation more than doubled in Canada from 2007 to 2008, and were the most violent of all hate crimes.
- An Ontario-based study of trans people found that 20 per cent had experienced physical or sexual assault due to their identity, and that 34 per cent were subjected to verbal threats or harassment.
- Studies have shown that on average 25% to 50% of Aboriginal women were victims of sexual abuse as children compared to a 20% to 25% average rate within the non-Aboriginal population.
- 40% of women with disabilities have been assaulted, sexually assaulted, or abused in some way.
- Sexual assaults perpetrated by someone other than a spouse are least likely to come to the attention of police: 90% are not reported to police.
- Only 53% of women who experience sexual assault in spousal relationships contact the police.
- Women may not report a sexual assault because they fear they will not be believed, feel ashamed, blame themselves, or fear public scrutiny.
- It is estimated that 0.3% of perpetrators of sexual assault are held accountable, while over 99% are not.
- Women know their sexual attacker in three-quarters of incidents: 45% as a casual acquaintance or friend, 17% as an intimate partner and 13% as a non-spousal family member. The remaining 25% of sexual assaults are committed by a stranger.
- Women under the age of 35 have non-spousal sexual assault victimization rates five times higher than those of their older counterparts.
- Female youth aged 12 to 17 are eight times more likely than male youth to be victims of sexual assault or another type of sexual offence.
- It is estimated that between 15% to 25% of North American college and university-aged women will experience some form of sexual assault during their academic career.
- SVH cost to society: lost productivity and costs to the health care system resulting from long-term physical and mental health issues faced by victims.
More Facts About SVH (or see enclosed pdf)
In addition to #EndSexualViolenceYGK, you can also use:
- #EndVAW (violence against women)
- #MMIWG (regarding missing and murdered indigenous women and girls)
- #NoMoreStolenSisters (see above)
You can also to help spread the word and raise awareness by adding your name and comments to my online petition. Let's eliminate sexual violence and harassment in our community. It takes ALL of us!
LEARN MORE ABOUT ONTARIO’S COMMITTMENT
On March 6, 2015, Ontario made a bold pledge to promote gender equality and address the root causes of sexual violence and harassment (SVH). Ontario’s It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, backed by a $41 million commitment over three years, outlines steps to help change attitudes, improve supports for survivors, and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to SVH complaints.
Watch the #WhoWillYouHelp Ad
Read my previous blogs:
It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment
Bold initiatives to end gender-based violence in Ontario
Statistics on Sexual Violence
Published by the ONTARIO WOMEN’S DIRECTORATE