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Training & Education


Consent Comes First works with campus partners to provide the Ryerson community with education, prevention, training and awareness activities.

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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.