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SASC’s Public Education Program presents a full day virtual conference on intersectional approaches to sexual violence prevention.

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SASC’s Public Education Program presents a full-day virtual conference on intersectional approaches to sexual violence prevention. Register and join us for the sessions that interest you, or for the full day.

This conference is for community members, educators, community service providers, students, workplace leaders, and all those who see the benefit of these conversations. Individually and collectively we can learn, act, and mentor others in efforts to end gender-based violence and oppression. Through sessions focused on decolonization, male allyship, bystander intervention and self-care, this conference aspires to ignite change, action, and possibilities in those who attend.

The conference will include a keynote presentation by Carol Bilson titled Decolonizing Anti-Violence Interventions and Cultivating Cultures of Repair. The other sessions will be on a variety of topics related to sexual violence prevention facilitated by public educators from the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.

This conference is part of Ignite Change: Sexual Violence Prevention Month at SASC.

To learn more about the conference and the broader Ignite Change Campaign visit

If you have any questions, or if you have any accessibility needs that we can accommodate, please email Sarah Wiley at

This is a virtual conference. Zoom links will be sent out before the day of the conference.


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Conference Schedule

  • 9:30 - 9:45: Opening Ceremony
  • 9:45 - 10:15: Introduction
  • 10:15 - 11:15: Talking to Youth: Cultivating Consent (Sarah Wiley)
  • 11:15 - 11:30: BREAK
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Male Allyship: Action, Engagement and Mentoring (Jacob Pries and Mitchell Mervyn)
  • 12:30 - 1:00: Virtual Lunch Gathering and Networking
  • 1:00 - 2:15: Keynote: Decolonizing Anti-Violence Interventions and Cultivating Cultures of Repair (Carol Bilson)
  • 2:15 - 2:30: BREAK
  • 2:30 - 3:30: Be Part of the Solution (Adjei Scott and Rod Molina)
  • 3:30 - 4:00: Q+A (Sarah Wiley)
  • 4:00 - 4:30: Closing Ceremony
  • 4:45 - 5:30: Self Care and Yoga (Adjei Scott)


Decolonizing Anti-Violence Interventions and Cultivating Cultures of Repair Presenter: Carol Bilson, MA

As Canada engages in a national conversation and is made cognizant of its ongoing colonial realities through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the anti-violence sector must also acknowledge how colonization has informed our society’s gender expectations, and ability to ask for and give consent, and to repair relationships when sexualized harms have occurred. These beginnings would allow us to better understand how this violence impacts diverse communities, identities, and bodies while continuing to shed light on what is needed to address the roots of this malignant social harm. Supporting survivors in this era, means implementing system-wide trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approaches that center decolonial practices, male allyship, and recognition that active consensual bystanders have the power and privilege to intervene when gender-based violence occurs in our communities, institutions, and personal lives.

Presenter Bio:Carol Bilson M.A. - Latina/x (Mapuche, Spanish, German) from Wallmapu, Chile; pronouns are She/Her/Ella, currently a Ph.D. student in the program Social Dimensions of Health in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She also holds the position of Alt-Justice Coordinator at Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) and Education Coordinator at the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH) where she trains staff, volunteers, and fellow service providers on the issues of Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma-Informed Practices. Carol further facilitates cultural safety workshops (Co-Creating Decolonial Futures) supporting organizations to work in more collaborative and relationally accountable ways with Indigenous peoples. Carol has over 12 years of experience in community education and has developed multiple community workshops on De-colonization, Anti-Racism, Consent, Men's Wellness, Healthy Masculinities, and prevention of Gender-Based Violence for boys and male youth.


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​Talking to Youth: Cultivating Consent

Presenter: Sarah Wiley, MA

Building a culture of consent in our classrooms, homes, and communities requires us to be able to have conversations with youth about complex concepts. Talking to teens and preteens in our lives about consent, healthy relationships, and sexual violence from an inclusive and trauma-informed place requires us to be dedicated to our own learning, open to having difficult conversations, and listening to youth. SASC’s Violence Prevention Educator will discuss tips and strategies for engaging youth in dialogue about these topics in an age appropriate and empowering manner.

Male Allyship: Action, Engagement and Mentoring

Presenter: Jacob Pries and Mitchell Mervyn

Aspiring male allyship is an ongoing process. Encouraging, mentoring, and engaging men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence can be a complex concept to navigate in your personal life, family and workplace. In collaboration, SASC’s Male Allies Educator and #RaisetheBar Workplace Equity Educator will discuss the concept of male allyship, practical applications, and possible impacts of increased safety, support, and compassion for self and community.

Virtual Lunch Gathering and Networking

Presenter: Sarah Wiley

Support and networking are beneficial in preventing gender-based violence and oppression. Knowing who in your community is doing this work, resources available, and support offered can make being part of a solution possible. Together we will build a network of community connections to assist in working together to prevent gender-based violence and oppression.

Be Part of the Solution

Presenter: Adjei Scott and Rod Molina

Taking action to prevent gender-based violence is essential in being part of the solution. The most common reason people report not stepping in to prevent sexual violence is because they are not sure if they should do something, what they should do, or what the impact will be. Members of SASC’s Male Allies Program will engage participants in a session that will address barriers to intervention and practical steps for supporting and preventing gender-based violence in their personal and professional lives.

Question and Answer

Presenter: Sarah Wiley, MA

In wrapping up the conference, participants will be invited to a question and answer session to offer opinions, share successes, address barriers, and share resources. Together we will build a network of community connections to assist in working together to prevent gender-based violence and oppression.

Self Care and Yoga

Presenter: Adjei Scott

After a full day of unpacking, unlearning, and aspiring towards something greater, taking care of ourselves is key. SASC’s Male Allies Educator will offer an interactive virtual yoga session to unwind, restore, and appreciate participants for their investment in ending gender-based violence and oppression.

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