"According to the Sexual Assault in Canada report for 2004 and 2007, both secondary and post-secondary students are at a higher risk of experiencing sexual assault because their lifestyle and environment allows them to interact with many other individuals at any given time. The report also indicates that “sexual assault incidents are most likely to occur when a victim and offender are known to each other,” meaning that assailants are often friends or acquaintances of the victim. For this reason, we believe in educating students about issues of sexual assault and consent.
Consent is defined as “permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.” We believe that if students learn the importance of open communication and requesting consent at every stage of sexual activity, cases of acquaintance sexual assault can be greatly reduced. Our campaigns throughout the year will focus on consent as not simply the absence of a “No,” but an enthusiastic “Yes!” free of coercion. We believe focusing on an enthusiastic “Yes” helps clarify what a consensual sexual relationship looks like."
Contact VP External Emily Leedham for sponsorship opportunities at leedham.emily[at]gmail.com.
"Morgan Shandro is a former illustrations editor for the Gauntlet student newspaper and is currently in her final year of a Bachelor's in English at the University of Calgary. Once she has graduated, she aspires to combine what she has learned there with her interests in illustration, comics, and animation. She is also a feminist who is eager to help the world advance its understanding of gender politics and equality. For information about illustration commissions, please contact her via her website."