Events

Throughout the year, we work hard to bring you an array of events, activities and information to promote healthy, consensual (sexual or not) relationships and to confront and prevent sexual violence on campus. We kickoff the fall semester each year with our week-long #ConsentMcGill campaign, created in collaboration with our many partners across campus. This campaign is followed by variety of initiatives supported by our Consent McGill Peer Educator Team. Past events have included the Sexual Health Fair, Sex Trivia Night, Clothing Swap, movie screenings, panel discussions and much more. All members of the University community have a role to play in preventing sexual violence on our campus and effectively supporting those affected by it. Whether you are a first year student, faculty member, frontline staff or student leader, your involvement and engagement are crucial!

Contact us for more information on our events or on how to get involved.
 

#ConsentMcGill

The #ConsentMcGill campaign began as a university-wide educational initiative in 2014. The campaign is designed to create a dialogue about and increase the understanding of consent, healthy relationships, and sexual violence prevention.

Through its unique approach, the campaign addresses consent in the context of day-to-day life as well as in sexual relationships. By promoting the three key principles of consent (Ask, Listen and Respect), the campaign strives to empower community members to have healthy and respectful relationships.

2020 Campaign

We're back with the 7th annual #ConsentMcGill Campaign from September 21st - October 2nd, 2020!

Calendar of Events

Becoming an Active Bystander Workshop

Monday, September 21, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Virutal Event - Reserve your spot here https://involvement.mcgill.ca/event/163499

Take part in this free, 1.5 hour, virtual workshop designed to empower community members to identify and interrupt potentially harmful situations, and to respond compassionately to individuals affected by sexual violence. By working through scenarios relevant to university life, participants will be provided with the knowledge and tools needed to interrupt safely, and become active members of change. This workshop is open to students, staff and teaching members at McGill. This workshop will be conducted online via Zoom. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs that we can work to accommodate by emailing osvrse [at] mcgill.ca!

Movies for Mental Health (Supportive Communities for Survivors) Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 9 PM
Virutal Event - Reserve your spot ticket here bit.ly/mcgill-m4mh-online-sv

Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, Movies for Mental Health Online (Supportive Communities for Survivors stream) is an event that harnesses film to engage with participants on the vital topics of mental health, and the mental health effects of sexual violence on individuals and communities. Students, educators, community members, and health professionals are welcome to join and see how short film has the power to increase understanding around these very important topics and build compassion for people impacted by sexual violence. Hosted by national organization Art With Impact, participants will be guided along this interactive free 2-hour virtual workshop using film and a panel discussion highlighting student lived experiences and support resources on and off campus. Accessibility: closed captioning will not be available during the workshop in terms of facilitator speech, but all of the main discussion prompts are written on the slides and will be typed in the chat box, and the chat box itself where participants discuss is text-based. The films have CC available. There will also be a mental health professional available for one-on-one text-based chat support if needed, and crisis phone line information will also be accessible at all times throughout the workshop. If you have any other access needs that are not listed here or any questions, please email Amy at amy [at] artwithimpact.org

Unpacking the Intersections Between Trauma and Queerness

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
This is a closed support session for 2SLGBTQI students. To reserve your spot, email osvrse [at] mcgill.ca
.

Hosted in collaboration with McGill's Queer History Month, this free, 2-hour virtual session is open to students seeking a space to discuss, share and unpack the intersections between queerness and trauma. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Jada Joseph. Jada is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work and has been a peer supporter supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ folxs and survivors for over 5 years.

Come prepared with any supplies you have on hand to participate in artistic expressions (drawing, colouring, painting, collage, etc). Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs that we can work to accommodate!

Re-imagining home without harm: A position for care.

Monday, September 28, 2020 from 5 PM – 7 PM
This is a closed session for Black, Indigenous and Students of Colour at McGill. To reserve your spot, email osvrse [at] mcgill.ca

Hosted in collaboration with McGill's Student Wellness Hub, during this 2-hour collaborative and reflective online workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to begin or continue the practice of understanding boundaries, consent, healthy relationships, and importantly, envision what a safe home could look like without or with less harm.

We are all living in what is a complex and uncertain time. Some of us are in living situations that feel validating and supportive and for others, possibly not at all. The essence of safe space, a home that can give us the room to fully honour and grow into ourselves, is our birthright.

The workshop will be facilitated by Melissa-Anne (Mel) Cobbler, the designated Wellness Advisor for the Faculty of Science. She is a licensed social worker (MSW) with over a decade of work experience within community, mental health and university settings.

Please have some coloured pencils, markers, paper, or whatever art/craft supplies. Using pens and pencils are fine too. Let us know if you have any accessibility needs that we can work to accommodate!

How to Respond to Disclosures of Sexual Violence Workshop

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtual Event - Reserve your spot here https://involvement.mcgill.ca/event/163825


It is not easy to know how to respond when someone discloses an experience of sexual violence. You may be the first person to whom a survivor discloses and by listening, believing, and validating their feelings, can have a significant positive impact on their healing process and their access to resources. To learn more, join this virtual, 2-hour interactive workshop on how to support someone impacted by sexual violence. Participants will learn about the various effects that sexual violence can have on individuals and communities and about the key components to providing trauma-informed support to someone who discloses. By using appropriate tools and approaches, participants are empowered to apply this new learning through group activities and case scenarios.

Sexual Health Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 6:o0 PM – 8:00 PM
Virtual Event - Sign up by clicking here!


Are you looking for a frank talk about sexual wellness? To learn more about why people have sex, how to use inclusive language when talking about sex, and how to practice safe sex? Join the Student Wellness Hub’s Peer Health Ambassadors on September 30 from, 6-8 p.m. for a virtual workshop to talk about safe sexual practices, the motivations behind it, mitigating risks associated with sex (STIs, etc.) and empower you to make healthy choices! In this judgement-free, 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC friendly space, get answers to all your sexual health questions and learn more about the resources available to you at the Student Wellness Hub. This event is also apart of McGill's Queer History Month running from October 1-31, 2020. For more information visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2SQHM

Trauma Informed Yoga

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Virtual Event -  Reserve your spot here!

Hosted in collaboration with McGill’s Wellness Hub, Mira Rozenberg (psychotherapist & yoga instructor) will guide a yoga session for self-care. We will use gentle physical postures to decompress and unwind, and some breathing and meditation practices to decrease anxiety and stress. The session will be on zoom, you may mute your mics and turn off your cameras. Feel free to follow along or go at your own pace. Please wear comfy clothing and find a cozy space. And most importantly, please listen to and respect your own process. All levels and all bodies welcome, no yoga experience necessary. Looking forward to practicing with you!

Unmasking the Mask: Art Workshop About Consent

Friday, October 2, 2020 from 12:30 PM – 2 PM
Virtual Event. Click here to register!

Hosted by McGill's Art Hive, Un-Masking the Mask a textile workshop via Zoom where participants are invited to explore, represent, and promote awareness about consent and sexual-based violence in university campuses. This workshop intends to point at the importance of both online and offline consent, involving permission,decision, and choice. In a safe and supportive online environment, participants will be invited to decorate disposable protective face masks or create a full face creative mask with recycled materials to represent ideas or experiences related to consent that may be hard to express in words. Click here to access the link!

Netflix & Chat

Monday, October 5, 2020 from 6 PM – 8 PM
Virtual Event. Click here to attend event!

Let’s celebrate the Queer History month with "Netflix and Chat” and event organized by the Peer Health Ambassadors of the Healthy Living Annex at the Student Wellness Hub. The past experiences of the queer people are full of struggles for basic human rights. Even the right to love someone wasn’t guaranteed for all! Still, we can find so many stories of fearless and persistent love in our history. Join us to talk about one such courageous story, “Elisa and Marcela” which depicts the lives of two brave lovers in 20th century Spain who went against all odds and did something considered impossible for their time. We’ll also have the chance of discussing how this film and other movies portray the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Can they be better represented in media? If so, how? Watch the movie before and come ready to chat! This event is hosted via zoom. View the movie on Netflix here https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80121387. Segments of the video will also be shown during the actual event. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs that we can work to accommodate by emailing tatyana.romeus-kebe [at] mcgill.ca. This event is being offered in collaboration with the #ConsentMcGill Campaign and Queer History Month running from October 1-31, 2020! To learn more about the event and get involvement, check out their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/2SQHM/. !

Digital Expression and Consent (Webinar & Panel)

Monday, October 26, 2020 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtual Event. Click here to attend event!

As our world becomes increasingly reliant on digital connections to build relationships and break isolation, the OSVRSE and Queer History Month invite actor, activist, content creator (militant and erotic) Naïla Rabel, doctoral candidate Christopher Dietzel, community member Carmen Colas and Security Consultant Jordan Keenan to talk about what it means to create an online presence, engage in consensual sexual connections through digital technologies, date, and build relationships virtually. This free webinar and panel discussion on October 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. is open to all! Reserve your spot now by visiting https://mcgill.ca/x/4aD

2019 Campaign

The 6th annual #ConsentMcGill took place from Sept 23rd - Oct 4th 2019. 

Calendar of Events

Osvrse Open House

Monday, September 23, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 2 PM
OSVRSE 550 Sherbrooke W. suite 585 (West tower elevators 1-11) | Montréal, Québec | H3A 1B9

Join us on September 23rd and meet the team, become familiar with our services, and find out how you can get involved in creating change on campus! Our special guest will be Mme Caroline Lemay, McGill's External Special Investigator who will be available to answer general questions about McGill's reporting process. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP here or see our Facebook event.

Decolonizing Consent: Reclaiming Land and Body

Monday, September 23, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Thomson House Restaurant 3650 McTavish St., Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

On Monday, September 23 from 5:30-9 p.m. join the First People’s House in partnership with the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education (OSVRSE) for a workshop on Decolonizing Consent: Reclaiming Land and Body. The focus of the event will look at decolonizing trauma work and healing practices after assault, and looking at the connection that land and body have for Indigenous peoples. For any questions, please contact amber.bedard [at] mcgill.ca. See the Facebook event here

Networks of Support Walking Tour

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 1 PM – 4 PM
OSVRSE 550 Sherbrooke W., suite 585 (West Tower Elevators 1-11
)

Reaching out for support is not always easy, especially if you’ve experienced sexual violence. To break down some of the barriers and to better connect our community to the awesome services available for people impacted by sexual violence, the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) invites you to join us for an interactive walking tour to discover a few of the many resources at McGill and in the Montreal community doing fantastic work with survivors.

Participants will meet at the OSVRSE to learn about the office’s services and what we and the External Special Investigator offer our community. Next stops will include:
- The Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS)
- McGill Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL)
- Peer Support Centre
- Centre for Gender Advocacy
- Montreal Sexual Assault Centre

Register online to save a spot or visit our Facebook event.

Becoming an Active Bystander Workshop

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 6 PM – 8 PM
Brown Student Services Building 3600 McTavish, Room 3001


This free, 2 hour, peer-facilitated workshop is designed to empower community members to identify and interrupt potentially harmful situations, and to respond compassionately to individuals affected by sexual violence. By working through scenarios relevant to university life, participants will be provided with the knowledge and tools needed to interrupt safely, and become active members of change. **Snacks will be provided. To register, click here.  You may also see our Facebook event here

Consent McGill Campaign at Mac Campus
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM
MS-Lobby


On September 25 the Consent McGill Peer Educator Team will be tabling at Macdonald Campus (MS Lobby) for the Consent McGill Campaign! Stop by and say hi, spin our consent wheel, win some cool prizes or snag some of our awesome swag! Consent colouring books will also be available. See our Facebook event for more info!

Self-Care Drama Therapy Workshop

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 11 AM – 2 PM
Brown Student Services Building 3600 McTavish, Room 5001

The Consent McGill Campaign in collaboration with McGill's Wellness Hub has teamed up to offer you three 1-hour Self-Care Drama Therapy sessions where participants are invited to explore thoughts, feelings, and perceptions around consent culture. This workshop will be an opportunity to unwind and express yourself in relation to topics around consent and personal empowerment. We will use drama and elements of play to explore thoughts and feelings around consent, as well as some role play to rehearse scenarios that may come up. We will also spend some time to be present with ourselves as well as each other as we get in touch with our own body boundaries. Reserve your preferred time below:

Session 1: 11-12 p.m. 
Session 2: 12-1 p.m. 
Session 3: 1-2 p.m.  

Sessions are open to all McGill members: students, staff and faculty. Each 1 hour slot will follow the same theme and build upon participant needs and level of comfort. You are welcome to attend 1 or more sessions. Please also see our Facebook event here

Trauma Sensitive Yoga & Essential Oils Workshop


Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6 PM – 8 PM
OSVRSE 550 Sherbrooke W. suite 585, West tower elevators 1-11

As part of the Consent McGill Campaign, join us on September 26th from 6-8 p.m. for a trauma sensitive yoga session with a twist! This month, we will be adding an essential oils to relieve stress workshop to our night.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory and Hatha Yoga practice, with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices. The workshop will be guided by Jen Wende, a certified yoga therapist with over 1000 hours of alignment-based training. She specializes in creating classes which explore new pathways for building distress tolerance, resilience, autonomy and growth of the participants. Through yoga asana and meditation, participants will be encouraged to move at a pace which encourages self-observation of their bodies, minds and breath. All skill and experience levels welcome. We start where you are today. Managing difficult emotions is a top health priority.

Traumas and varying degrees of stress can weigh on your emotional, mental and physical state making it challenging to feel empowered in your life. Essential oils provide a natural, safe and effective solution to manage your moods moment to moment. During this class you will also learn how essential oils work in our body, how the body effects emotions and how to guide your emotional state moment to moment using essential oils.

Space is limited, reserve your spot here. You may also visit our Facebook event for more info. 

How to Respond to Disclosures Workshop

Monday, September 30, 2019 from 1 PM – 3 PM
Brown Student Services Building 3600 McTavish, Room 3001

During this 2-hour interactive workshop, participants learn about the various impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals and about the key components to providing trauma-informed support to someone who discloses. By using appropriate tools and approaches, participants are empowered to apply this new learning to group activities and case scenarios. 

The workshop will also explore key terms and discuss commonly held misconceptions about sexual violence that may affect one's ability to effectively respond to and support disclosures. In addition, participants will become familiar with the many different support resources available on and off campus that are available in the community. Students who complete the workshop will receive credits on their co-curricular record. **Snacks will be provided.**

See our Facebook event here. 

Rafiki (Movie Screening & Discussion) with Queer History Month

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 6 PM – 9 PM
Thomson House Restaurant

In partnership with Queer History Month McGill, we are excited to host a free screening and discussion of the movie Rafiki on October 2nd from 6-9 p.m. in the Thomson House Restaurant. Rafiki (transl."Friend") is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Rafiki is the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya. Read more about the film here.

After the screening, hear from Meryem Benslimane, McGill’s Equity Education Advisor and other community members on how the film’s synopsis can reflect the lived realities of our McGill students. Discussions and talking points will focus on the process of coming out, identity, what denial, rejection and unacceptance can look and feel like for Black and LGBQTQI2+ students. We will also explore what happens when established beliefs about gender/hetero roles are challenged and how we can create safer more inclusive spaces for everyone at McGill - pointing to support resources in our community. Finally, we hope to touch upon the topic of sexual communication to challenge stigmas and taboos when addressing non-normative sexual relationships. Snacks will be provided! 

Let us know you will be attending by visiting our Facebook event here

Unpacking the Intersections between Queerness and Trauma

Wednesday, October 16th from 6-8 p.m.
OSVRSE 550 Sherbrooke W. Suite 585 (West tower elevator 1-11)

Hosted in collaboration with McGill's Queer History Month, this free, 2-hour session hosted on October 16th, from 6-8 p.m. at the OSVRSE is open to students seeking a space to discuss, share and unpack the intersections between queerness and trauma. To reserve your spot contact, osvrse [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Closed%20Group%20Oct%203%2C%202019) . Snacks will be provided.

2018 Campaign

The 5th annual #ConsentMcGill campaign took place from Sept 24th - Oct 5th 2018.  

Calendar of Events

A full list of events with descriptions and links to RSVP is included below. Please note that events denoted with a (*) require registration.

SACOMSS Open House

Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:00am to 1:00pm, SACOMSS Office (2075 Robert Bourassa, Suite 5)

The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students' Society in collaboration with #ConsentMcGill invites you to come visit their space and check out their library of books on sexual assault, gender, feminism, and much more, as well as zines and other resources. Volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have about SACOMSS and its services. Tea and snacks will be provided. Please note that the regular drop-in support hours for survivors of sexual assault will not be taking place during these times, but you are welcome to drop-in for support or call us at 514-398-8500 any time after 12 p.m.

Louder Than Words: Using Dance and Movement to Explore and Express Safety in Sexual Relationships*

Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Brown Building 4300

This free two-hour workshop will use dance/movement and storytelling to give participants the opportunity to explore the topic of consent and safe sexual relationships using their bodies as the expressive medium.

Dance and movement are useful tools for exploring challenging topics and subject matter. These tools have been used for storytelling purposes, to give agency, and to reduce stress, all relevant outcomes when considering the topic of sexual violence and/or consent. Additionally, dance can be used to explore the topic of sexual violence and/or consent, as dance/movement require connecting the mind to the body, and sexual experiences can include both a physical and emotional component. Dance/movement is also a helpful tool in realizing/expressing thoughts, ideas, and feelings that we may not necessarily have the vocabulary to express in words. 

Participants are asked to bring comfortable clothes to dance in, as well as a water bottle for hydration. The workshop will be held by Chloe Garcia,
PhD candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Senior Research-Assistant and Lead PhD mentor for IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, and Graduate Student Representative for the Implementation Committee for the Policy Against Sexual Violence at McGill University.

How to Respond to Disclosures of Sexual Violence Workshop*

Monday, September 24, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Thomson House 404

During this 2 hour interactive workshop, participants learn about the prevalence of sexual violence at McGill and in the larger community, and the various impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals. You will learn how to respond to and support people affected by sexual violence by using appropriate tools and approaches. 

Participants will then practice these tools and methods they have learned through group activities and case scenarios. The workshop will also explore key terms and discuss common myths and misconceptions about sexual violence that may affect one's ability to effectively respond to and support disclosures. Participants will also learn about the many different support resources available on campus and in the community.

Students who complete the workshop receive credits on their co-curricular record.

"Pariah" Movie Screening and Discussion for LGBTQI2+ History Month*

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Brown Building 5001

Join the OSVRSE in collaboration with McGill’s first ever LGBTQ2I+ History Month for a free movie screening and discussion of the movie Pariah. This film is an acutely observed examination of strait-laced parents trying to deny a child’s homosexuality while all the time knowing better. 

After the screening, hear from Meryem Benslimane, McGill’s Equity Education Advisor on how to film’s synopsis can reflect the lived realities of our McGill students. Discussions and talking points will focus on the process of coming out, what denial, rejection and unacceptance can look and feel like for LGBQTQI2+ students. We will also explore what happens when established beliefs about gender/hetero roles are challenged and how we can create safer more inclusive spaces for everyone at McGill - pointing to support resources in our community. 

Finally, we hope to touch upon the topic of sexual communication to challenge stigmas and taboos when addressing non-normative sexual relationships. 

Snacks will be provided!

O-SVRSE Open House

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 11:30am to 2:00pm, O-SVRSE

Join us on September 27th from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) open house, located at 550 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 585 west tower elevators 1-11. Meet the team, become familiar with our services, and find out how you can get involved in creating change on campus! Light refreshments will be served.

Yoga at the O-SVRSE*

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, O-SVRSE

Free for McGill members, these sessions are designed as an alternative to traditional yoga practices. Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory and Hatha Yoga practice, with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.

The classes will be guided by Karen Hargot, a certified yoga and meditation instructor with over 600 hours of alignment-based training and 12 years of teaching. She is also a mental health Recreational Therapist and uses the principles of adaptation, inclusion and self-efficacy to create classes which explore new pathways for building distress tolerance, resilience, autonomy and growth of the participants.

Through yoga asana and meditation, participants will be encouraged to move at a pace which encourages self-observation of their bodies, minds and breath. All skill and experience levels welcome. We start where you are today.

Networks of Support Walking Tour*

Friday, September 28, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, O-SVRSE and Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12:00pm to 3:00pm, O-SVRSE

To break down some of the barriers and to better connect our community to the awesome services available for people impacted by sexual violence, the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (O-SVRSE) invites you to join us for an interactive walking tour to discover a few of the many resources at McGill and in the Montreal community doing fantastic work with survivors.

Participants will meet at the O-SVRSE office to learn about the office’s new services and how you can get involved. Next stops will include The Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS), the Centre for Gender Advocacy, the Montreal Sexual Assault Centre, Nightline, Walksafe, Project 10 and more.

Bang'n & Brunch in Rez

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 11:00am to 1:00pm, Bishop Mountain Hall (3935 University Street)

On Sunday, September 30th from 11:00am to 1:00 p.m., head to BMH for a new, free sex positive event called Bang’n & Brunch! At this event, Healthy McGill will showcase some of their sex positive products including vibrators, dildos, contraceptives and much more. You will also get a chance to hear from experts on campus about how to have safer sex, what fun and respect relationships entail, debunk myths, and why there’s so much fuss around Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and the importance of getting tested. Fresh fruit and croissants will be provided and free giveaways, including condoms, dental dams, water bottles and key chains, will be available.

Becoming an Active Bystander Workshop*

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Brown Building 3001

This free 2 hour Becoming An Active Bystander workshop empowers community members to identify and intervene in potentially harmful situations, and to respond compassionately to individuals affected by sexual assault. 

By providing participants with scenarios relevant to university life, this program will provide skills and knowledge to intervene safely, educate peers on the different aspects of sexual violence, confront rape culture, and mediate group activities. This workshop strives to foster a community of responsibility, to reduce the incidents of sexual violence, and to create a safer space on campus.

Students who complete the workshop receive credits on their co-curricular record.

Don't Read the Comments Play*

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 8:00pm to 10:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm), The Minimain at Mainline Theatre and Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:00pm to 10:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm), The Minimain at Mainline Theatre 

The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education will host a free 60-minute performance of Don’t Read the Comments, followed by a talk-back with the artists.

From the creator of the award-winning Fringe shows Talk, Mackerel and In Memoriam, comes a new immersive theatrical provocation. Set at the live taping of a TV talk show, Don't Read the Comments delves into the "grey areas” of sexual encounters and consent. Through the dark, filterless art of clown and bouffon and the power of true storytelling, the show invites you to look into its warped mirror and confront what you see staring back.  

Doors will open at 7 p.m. The play begins at 8 p.m. and talk-back begins at 9 p.m.

Let's Talk About Consent Culture! A Vlog-Making Workshop*

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Brown Building 5001

This free three-hour workshop aims to provide a space to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexual consent, healthy relationships and other sexuality topics. 

We will discuss current barriers to ‘consent culture’ and the change that is needed to break these down. As the main activity, workshop participants will have the opportunity to speak about what matters to them by designing and shooting short vlogs (video logs) on consent and consent culture. 

Participants will have the option to post their vlog (or future vlogs) on a YouTube channel and submit their vlog to a film festival entitled “Let’s Talk About Consent Culture,” held in November (neither is mandatory to participate in this workshop).

The workshop will be held by Chloe Garcia, PhD candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Senior Research-Assistant and Lead PhD mentor for IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, and Graduate Student Representative for the Implementation Committee for the Policy Against Sexual Violence at McGill University.

No equipment is needed, all necessary materials will be provided.

Panel: Sexual Harrassment and the Law in a University Context*

Friday, October 5, 2018, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Carrefour Sherbrooke (475 Sherbrooke W.)

Join the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) for this important panel on sexual harassment in a university context, and come away with a better understanding of some of the legal frameworks that inform McGill’s internal policies on sexual violence. Topics will include everything from adopting a survivor-centred approach to support and reporting, to balancing confidentiality rights and access to information, to maintaining procedural fairness, and the obligation to act in cases of sexual violence. OSVRSE members will be joined by representatives from the Quebec Human Rights Commission, the Quebec Labour Board, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions and McGill administration to elaborate on the different legal systems, reporting options, and what to expect when filing a report. 

Our speakers for the event will include:

Sophie Lamarre, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Office of Youth Affairs, Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions

Sophie Lamarre began practicing criminal law as a defense lawyer in private practice. In 2000, she began her career as Deputy Attorney General at the Montréal office and then as criminal and penal prosecuting attorney. She was part of the sexual assault team and was the team leader for the clearance of complaints. She pleaded several cases before the Quebec Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Since July 2012, she has been Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the Bureau of Youth Affairs in Montreal where she is responsible for a team of 15 prosecutors.

Julie Dumontier, Education and Cooperation Officer, Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights

Julie Dumontier has been an Education and Cooperation Officer with the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights since 2012. She previously worked in the promotion of human rights as well as in the field of technology as a blogger, trainer, editor and coordinator. She is passionate about international issues, especially women's rights. After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies in humanities and social sciences at Université Laval, she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in law at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Lili Luisa Lepore, Expert Advisor Psychological Harassment, Vice Presidency of Labor Standards - DSO

Lili Luisa Lepore has worked for the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) since 1993. Since the coming into force of the 2004 legislation on psychological harassment at work, Ms. Lepore has greatly contributed to the development of expertise in this area. In 2004, Ms. Lepore was appointed investigator of psychological harassment in the Montreal office team. In February 2011, she became team leader of the psychological harassment investigators in the Montréal office. Since May 2017, Ms. Lepore has been working as an expert advisor on psychological harassment at the CNESST, in the Labor Standards sector.

Line Thibault, General Counsel, McGill University

O-SVRSE Tabling

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, McLennan Library; Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:00 to 4:00pm, Brown Building; Thursday, September 27, 2018, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Macdonald Campus; Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Bronfman Building

Come visit us at one of our tables across campus through Sept 24- Oct 5th. We will be set up between 12 and 4 in the afternoon. Our volunteers have a ton of info to give you about upcoming events and workshops! Not to mention all the goodies we have prepared for you, including key-chains, stickers, magnets, and sexual health resources! We look forward to seeing you there!

2017 highlights

The 4th annual campaign took place from September 25th to October 5th 2017. Some of the campaign highlights included Persephone Bound, a play co-produced by Imago Theatre and the Screaming Goat Collective. This intensely visceral play explores the meaning of consent through the lens of a contemporary retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone. It is a thought-provoking exploration of what it means to come forward as a young survivor of sexual assault.

The O-SVRSE organized awareness-raising activities across campus, including the Becoming an Active Bystander and Responding to Disclosures workshops. Other activities included trauma-sensitive yoga classes, walking tours to familiarize participants with resources for survivors at McGill in the community, self-expression through art workshops, free STI testing, and participation in the Montreal March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

2016 highlights

The 3rd annual #ConsentMcGill campaign took place from September 26th to September 29th, 2016. Highlights included the “Improving Survivor Care: Supporting Disclosures of Sexual Violence in a University Setting” symposium, a “Know Your Rights” information session and workshops about responding to disclosures and becoming an active bystander. The O-SVRSE also collaborated with the First Peoples’ House and indigenous students to organize a Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the lives of indigenous women and their families who have been affected by gender-based and sexual violence.

“How to Frosh” Consent Ed Video!

Created in collaboration with Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU), Campus Life & Engagement - McGill University (Student Services), and the Faculty Froshes to promote a more inclusive and safer Frosh experience for all! The video reviews safer partying, consent education, and how to become an active bystander to reduce potentially harmful situations, with a specific focus on sexual violence prevention. Using a clever (and even at times funny) dance analogy, viewers are shown how to Ask, Listen, and Respect consent and to look out for their friends.

2015 highlights

The 2nd annual #ConsentMcGill campaign featured interactive workshops, a panel on consent, the “I practice consent by…” social media event, two promotional videos entitled: McGill Athletes for Consent and the Arts Undergraduate Society for Consent, bilingual posters and postcards, give-away kits and educational booths set up around campus.

McGill is located on unceded lands which have traditionally served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst diverse indigenous peoples. The Kanien’kehá:ka, a founding nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Anishinabeg are recognized as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is located. Learn more about the land you’re on here and commit to taking action to support the ongoing resistance and thriving of local Indigenous communities.

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