Digital Sexual Expression & Consent Webinar and Panel Discussion

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Hear from students, researchers and community experts as they explore what it means to have consensual, respectful and fun encounters online

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In continuation of The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) annual #ConsentMcGill Campaign and in collaboration with McGill's Queer History Month, join us on October 26th from 6-7:30 p.m. for a free, virtual webinar and panel discussion focused on encouraging consensual, respectful and fun ways of engaging in interpersonal or sexual communications virtually.

As our world becomes increasingly reliant on digital connections to build relationships and break isolation, hear from students, researchers and community members as they explore what it means to create an online presence, engage in consensual sexual connections through digital technologies, date, and build relationships virtually. Speakers will also touch on the very real topic of technology facilitated sexual violence and the impacts it can have on diverse communities and individuals, as well as explore notions of digital safety, online citizenship and digital civility.    

Introducing the panelists:

Christopher Dietzel (he/him) is a doctoral candidate at McGill University researching sexual consent related to dating app use and sexual violence against LGBTQ+ people. Chris will take an intersectional approach and discuss consent negotiation and technology-facilitated sexual violence related to LGBTQ+ people’s use of dating apps, specifically men who have sex with men and trans and gender diverse people.

Naïla Rabel (she/her) Actor and content creator since 2010 (militant and erotic). As an activist, she is involved in feminist causes, and works to deconstruct fatphobia and destigmatize sex work. Check out her YouTube channel La Grosse Qui Fait des Vidéos here

Jordan Keenan (he/him) is a security consultant who helps people regain control of their digital lives. He works with individuals to help them take action after nonconsensual access to or distribution of their private data, and has advised community groups and industry experts on how to promote healthy habits around digital safety. Jordan was the lead researcher on an award-winning international bestseller book on surveillance capitalism and has worked as a journalist, reporting on the intersection of culture and technology.

Carmen Colas (info to come)

Introducing our moderator:

Che Cherrilyn Birchwood is a multi-disciplinary healer, creating practices and spaces to serve communities in a variety of ways including: crisis intervention; individual and group therapy; community mental health workshops and panels; meditation and yoga; plant-based bodywork, and organising important socio-cultural events, such as Femme Fridays, Paris is Burning (exploring cultural appropriation of Black art), and both Montreal and Winnipeg’s first ever Dyke Marches. They have worked in mental health and social services for the past 15 years and are in the final year of a PhD in Psychology with a specialisation in Clinical Research and Intervention at Université de Montréal. Their thesis focuses on improving mental health communication through image-based knowledge mobilisation. In clinical work, they meld history, sociology and psychology, giving weight to social determinants of health such as race, gender, ability, and trauma.

This workshop will be conducted online via MS Teams. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs that we can work to accommodate by emailing!

Background: The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) provides support for all members of the McGill community who have been impacted by sexual violence and works to foster a culture of consent on campus and beyond. If you've been impacted by sexual violence, whether it be sexual harassment or assault, gender-based or intimate partner violence, or cyberviolence, know that you are not alone. The OSVRSE is here for you. Visit our website for a full list of support resources:

This event is also part of the Queer History Month at McGill running from October 1-31, 2020! To learn more about the month and to get involved, check out their Facebook event page at

**McGill University is situated on unceded lands which have traditionally served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst diverse indigenous peoples. The Kanien'kehá:ka, a vibrant community and one of the founding nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, are recognized as the traditional stewards of the lands and water. We acknowledge the painful history of dispossession and commit our work to assist in the success of future generations. Do you know how many Nations are in Quebec?**

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