Workshops & Education
This workshop is designed to help Ryerson community members become knowledgeable on how to build consent culture on campus, including; Ryerson’s commitment to supporting those affected bys sexual violence as outlined in the policy; consent as an everyday practice, sexual violence and impacts of trauma; sexual harassment in the workplace; how to deal with disclosures and make referrals to supports on and off campus.
Begin by listening, respect confidentiality, ask what they need, validate and empathize are the first steps to dealing with disclosures of sexual violence. In this training, participants will learn the difference between disclosure and reporting and how to support someone affected by sexual violence. In addition participants will learn how to refer them to supports on and off campus and how to practice self-care after trauma exposure.
We all have a role to play in preventing sexual violence and harassment here at Ryerson University. In this training, participants will learn to intervene when they witness sexual violence or harassment; ABCs of bystander intervention and how to connect those affected by sexual violence on or off campus resources or off-campus resources.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is never okay. In this training, participants will learn the different forms of sexual harassment that can occur in the workplace, how to practice consent in the workplace and relevance policies related to workplace safety such as Ryerson Sexual Violence Policy, Occupational Health and Safety Act. Participants will also learn about bystander intervention as part of TakeCareRU campaign and how to connect to supports for staff and faculty on and off campus.
Consent Comes First
- Consent is active and continuous, not passive or silent.
- It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in physical contact or sexual activity to make sure that they have consent from the other person(s) involved.
- Consent is not the absence of “no” or silence.
- Consent to one sexual act does not constitute or imply consent to a different sexual act.
- Consent is required regardless of the parties’ relationship status or sexual history together.
- Consent cannot be given by a person who is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs or who is unconscious (including being asleep) or otherwise lacks the capacity to give consent.
- Consent is not possible if an individual uses their position of power or authority to manipulate someone into saying “yes.”
- If a survivor’s judgement is impaired, consent is not valid.
For more information visit:
- The Law of Consent in Sexual Assault, external link
- Tea Consent on Youtube, external link
- 7 Rules For Fun And Consensual Sex, external link
- What if we treated all consent like society treats sexual consent?, external link
- Ted Talk by Jackson Katz: Violence Against Women – It’s a Men’s Issue, external link
- How Do You Know if Someone Wants to Have Sex with You?, external link
- When You Know They Are Into Into It, external link
- When They Are Kinda Into It, external link
- When They Are Not Into It, external link