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Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment: Current Research and Prevention

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100 Stokes Street

Bell Gateway Building

Sandi and Jim Treliving Gymnasium

Toronto, ON M6J 1H4

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Sexual violence and sexual harassment include a broad spectrum of behaviours that negatively affect targets. These behaviours include unwanted sexual comments, unwanted touching, persistent sexual advances, and other demeaning and sexually objectifying behaviours as well as more serious and harmful forms of sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault.This symposium will advance knowledge about the nature and impacts of sexual violence and harassment and describe leading edge strategies for prevention. Topics include:

  • Public health impacts of sexual violence and harassment
  • Causes
  • Experiences of victims
  • Perceptions and perceived norms of perpetrators
  • Roles of peers & peer dynamics
  • Bystander interventions
  • Sexual assault resistance training
  • Engaging men in prevention

This is a free event that is open to researchers, clinical and prevention practitioners, policymakers and students.


Symposium Chair


Samantha Wells, Associate Director, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH and Assistant Professor, Clinical Public Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


Speakers



Antonia Abbey, Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Wayne State University

Viktoria Belle, Harm Reduction Worker and Program Manager, Maggie's Toronto and Founder and Coordinator, The Dandelion Initiative

Peter Donnelly, President and CEO of Public Health Ontario and Full Professor at University of Toronto, McMaster University and Queen’s University, Canada and at St. Andrews University, Scotland

Tara Dumas, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Huron University College, Western University

Kathryn Graham, Senior Scientist Emeritus, CAMH and Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers University

Charlene Senn, Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence and Professor, Applied Social Psychology, University of Windsor

Matt Schaaf, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

Kevin Swartout, Associate Professor, Psychology, Georgia State University

AnnaLise Trudell, Manager of Education, Training & Research, Anova (sexual assault centre and gender-based violence agency)

Samantha Wells, Associate Director, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH and Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

For more information, please contact Symposium Coordinator, Sharon Bernards at Sharon.Bernards@camh.ca or 519-858-5000.

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Preliminary Program



Welcome and opening remarks

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Samantha Wells, Associate Director IMHPR


Defining and understanding sexual violence

9:10 - 9:40 a.m. The public health impacts of sexual violence and harassment — Peter Donnelly, CEO Public Health Ontario

9:40 - 10:00 a.m. Women’s experiences of sexual aggression in bars and clubs — Kathryn Graham, CAMH

10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Sexual assault etiology: Psychosocial factors with a focus on alcoholAntonia Abbey, Wayne State University

10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Discussion



10:40 - 11:00 a.m. Break and refreshments


Understanding the context

11:00 - 11:20 a.m. United Nations SafeCities: A demonstration of a new project to map spaces where sexual harassment and violence occur — AnnaLise Trudell, Anova

11:20 - 11:40 a.m. The importance of peer networks for understanding campus sexual violence Kevin Swartout, Georgia State University

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Peer status and its relationship to preventing sexual aggression — Tara Dumas, Western University

12:00 - 12:20 p.m. Young men’s attitudes, norms, and beliefs related to sexual harassment and aggression in bars — Samantha Wells, CAMH

12:20 - 12:40 p.m. Discussion



12:40- 1:20 p.m. Lunch


Addressing sexual violence

1:20 - 1:30 p.m. The Dandelion Initiative’s Safer Bars and Safer Spaces Training — Viktoria Belle, Dandelion Initiative

1:30 - 1:50 p.m. Reducing the sexual violence that women students experience: The EAAA Sexual Assault Resistance Program — Charlene Senn, University of Windsor

1:50 - 2:10 p.m. Bystander interventions as a way to reduce sexual violence — Sarah McMahon, Rutgers University

2:10 - 2:30 p.m. Current community-based and institutional strategies to engage men in preventing sexual violence — Matt Schaaf, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

2:50 - 3:20 p.m. Discussion



3:20 - 3:30 p.m. Wrap up and closing remarks



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