Building prevention requires sharing information, raising awareness, and engaging folks on the issues. Public Education is vital to reduce the numbers of people impacted by sexualized violence and create a more supportive community for those who do.
The public education program offers:
- Classroom training for students of all ages (talking about gender and consent can be accessible and start early),
- Presentations on topics (see below),
- Spokespeople to share expertise from a survivor centred perspective,
- Community boothing to share information about ORCC and resources for attendees,
- Custom trainings and faciliated disucssions.
In offering presentations on sexual violence in the community and engaging people in discussions, we have noticed that many people seem to have a good understanding of the issues on an intellectual level. For example, many young people will agree that the victim/survivor is never at fault, and most now know that acquaintance rape is much more prevalent than stranger rape. Sadly, this understanding may not translate into how one can change attitudes and behaviours on a personal level.
Many people recognize communication is the key to preventing date/acquaintance rape but opportunities to practice effective communication skills (verbal and non-verbal) or talk to each other about sexual activity (needs, comfort, boundaries, and rights) are rare. This is why the ORCC facilitates and opens challenging discussions on sexual violence against women and invites men and women, particularly youth, to share their perspectives.
At the same time, we have expertise and knowledge on the subject and we contribute to these discussions by challenging myths on sexual violence, speaking about consent in our culture, and engaging folks on what we all can do to be part of solutions on personal, local, provincial, federal, and international levels.
ORCC provides public education sessions for your community group or class upon request on topics such as:
- Understanding Sexualized Violence and Consent
- Bill 168 and Sexual Harassment
- Healthy Relationships and Safe Dating
- How to Be a Good Support Person?
- Bystander Intervention
- Media Literacy
- Gender Roles and Oppression
- Feminist Approahces to Survivor Support
- Working with survivors
Custom trainings are available to organizations who wish to develop capacity to do support work with survivors, to understand vicarious trauma, respond to crisis, etc.
The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre offers public education volunteer training twice a year for women who want to become public educators. To hear more about our volunteer public education training click here.
Please feel free to get in touch with inquiries or questions by calling Ally at 613-562-2334 ext.32 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.