April, 2018

  • More comprehensive sex ed programs can help put an end to America’s culture of sexual assault: sex ed needs to be more than just “the birds and the bees.”

Nicole Cushman, Executive Director of AMAZE, says sex ed might be the answer to America’s (and by extension, Canada’s) sexual assault problem. This op-ed video articulates the need for quality sex education from an early age. Children need to understand the issues of consent, healthy relationships and boundaries to put an end to the  culture of rape and sexual assault.  Nicole Cushman says AMAZE is “fixing the patchwork” of sex education across America by taking their message online in engaging, age­-appropriate sex education resources for youth.

 

  • Childbirth a challenge for sexual assault survivors, but two Regina women are working to change that

Childbirth can be the most wonderful experience in a woman’s life.  For  survivors of sexual abuse, birth can trigger feelings of loss of control over one’s own body and buried trauma.  Negative maternal experiences are not acknowledged due to society’s insistence on ideal birth and motherhood scenarios. Two Regina women are working to address the gaps in education and public conversation with tools and resources for survivors.

  • Why Sexual Assault Survivors Stay Quiet

This comic by Jim C. Hines deftly skewers the double standard directed towards survivors and illustrates the no-win situation many face when they report the crime. Staying silent means the issue is not addressed and speaking out results in blame and disbelief levelled at survivors.

  • When is it not our fault?

The culture of blame and shame ~ society’s negative attitudes towards women and sexual assault.

 

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