Ryerson is committed to fostering a campus where consent comes first. Together we support survivors when they disclose, prevent and address sexual violence. We learn about the issue, contribute to the conversation and are part of the change on campus.
At Ryerson we strive to create a workplace where consent comes first. Together we can help prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment from happening within the workplace.
There are many ways you can intervene as a bystander to prevent or address sexual violence. Consent Comes First, The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education developed the #TakecareRU campaign to focus on bystander intervention, survivor and support person responses to instances of sexual violence.
Bystander intervention and bystander education programs teach potential witnesses safe and positive ways they can act to prevent or intervene when there is a risk of sexual violence.
This approach gives community members specific roles that they can use in preventing sexual violence, including naming and stopping situations that could lead to sexual violence before it happens, stepping in during an incident, and speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support sexual violence. It also gives individuals the skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors after an assault has taken place (Haskell, 2011).
As part of the campaign, these materials can be posted in your workplaces. By placing them in prominent and shared spaces, they remind us that we can all contribute to safe workplaces.
Ryerson University is committed to combating sexual violence in all forms in its community. The policy makes clear the appropriate handling of reports or complaints of sexual violence incidents, and to fostering and promoting a culture of consent.