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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Events and education

We encourage everyone in the university community to get involved in our programs that aim to help eliminate all types of violence at the university.

We strive to create a welcoming, inclusive community at the university that supports and promotes compassion, equity and respect among our members.  In this way, we condemn any behaviour that perpetuates sexual violence and domestic violence. Through education and preventative programming are working to cultivate a culture on campus where we are all responsible for ensuring that members of our community are safe and healthy in order to reach their full potential.

The Moose Hide Campaign is an Indigenous-led, grassroots movement of men, boys and all Canadians—standing up to end violence against women and children. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of violence since the age of 16; it's far worse for Indigenous women. 

Learn more about the Moose Hide Campaign

We invite you to make a pledge to take action to contribute to ending sexual violence and creating a culture of consent. 

Submit your CONSENT CULTURE PLEDGE

Every year, members of the university community come together to recommit their pledge to end sexual violence by focusing on preventing behaviours and attitudes that perpetuate sexual violence, such as apathetic bystanders, denigration of women, excusing those who commit sexual violence, sexism, strict gender roles, trivialization of sexual violence, victim-blaming and more.

Some examples of pledges that promote a positive message:

  • To acknowledge sexist attitudes and behaviours when they arise.
  • To always ask for consent.
  • To believe victims and survivors.
  • To challenge victim-blaming.
  • To educate myself on how to have conversations about consent.
  • To educate others if they joke about rape.
  • To learn more about campus resources for victims and survivors.
  • To respect a victim or survivor's choice to report or not report an incident.
  • To see myself as an empowered bystander and intervene when appropriate.

We would like to turn the narrative about sexual violence away from one that places the blame on the survivors. This narrative may sound like one that “tells people not to wear revealing clothing” or “not to walk alone at night.” Our narrative needs to focus on promoting messages such as “don’t commit sexual violence” and “we all have a role in ending this.” When we change the way we think, discuss and react to sexual violence, we help create a community focused on preventing sexual violence.

The #WeGetConsent campaign

The #WeGetConsent campaign aims to spread the message of consent across our campus.

Consent is as easy as FRIES:

Freely Given
Reversible
Informed
Enthusiastic
Specific

Consent is an active, direct, voluntary, unimpaired and conscious choice and agreement to engage or continue in sexual activity. Consent to one act does not mean consent to another.

Consent:

  • Is never assumed or implied.
  • Is not silence or the absence of “no”.
  • Cannot be given if the person is impaired by alcohol or drugs, or unconscious.
  • Is required regardless of the parties’ relationship status or sexual history together.
  • Can be taken back, either through words (e.g. saying no) or body language (e.g. pushing someone away).
  • Can never be obtained through threats or coercion.
  • Cannot be given if the other person abuses a position of trust, power, or authority.

Student training

RISE Program (Respecting Individuals and Supporting Equity)

RISE: Sexual Violence Prevention

RISE: Sexual Violence Prevention is a bystander intervention skills workshop where participants will identify ways that they can prevent, intervene, and respond to sexual violence and domestic violence, and discuss topics such as rape culture, consent, and the spectrum of sexual violence.

Learn more and register for an upcoming RISE workshop

 

 

Disclosure training: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence 

The goal of this workshop is to develop effective and supportive responses to victims and survivors who disclose having experienced sexual and/or domestic violence to best maintain that individual's dignity and well-being.  Learn more about upcoming training and register through the Student Life Portal. The next workshop will be held on October 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.

This workshop provides information on:

  • An overview of sexual and domestic violence and consent.
  • Advice on how to effectively support someone who has disclosed, e.g. What to say, and things to avoid saying.
  • Referring to appropriate support.
  • What happens after a referral.
  • Confidentiality and limitations.
  • Navigating the university's resources on sexual violence prevention.
  • Understanding how to support yourself after a disclosure.
  • Support services available for staff and students who receive disclosures.

If you are interested in having this workshop brought to your department or group or are a staff or faculty member that would like to attend, please email equity@ontariotechu.ca.

Human resources online training

For information, resources and training on how we all can ensuring that members of our community are safe and healthy in order to reach their full potential, view Ontario Tech University Human Resources: Online Training.

The First Year Me is a theatrical play presented by upper-year students during orientation, highlighting sexual violence and the complexities involved with being a bystander, consent, support for survivors, along with a broad range of other issues students may encounter in post-secondary education.

In response to student feedback provided to the Student Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Committee, Student Life has invited the AIDS Committee of Durham Region to deliver some workshops to provide education and destigmatization around topics of sex and sexuality. Part of building a culture of consent and respect on campus is providing space for conversations like these. 

Sexual Self Advocacy

Wednesday, May 18 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Love to hook up but worried about how to set and maintain boundaries? Not sure what to say when someone does something that makes you uncomfortable in the bedroom? Want to try something different but don’t know how to talk about it? Join ACDR’s Brendan Tihane for a discussion about how to set and maintain boundaries around sex and have a better, happier, and safer sex life built around your comfort levels and needs.

Register


Affirming 2SLGBTQIA Language

Wednesday, June 1 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Do you want to be respectful of people’s identities but struggle to navigate pronoun and identity norms? Join ACDR’s Nathan Barnett and Brendan Tihane as we discuss HIV/AIDS basics, sex, gender and gender expression terminology, sexuality language as well as the importance and effects of the language we use.

Register

 
Queer History

Wednesday, June 15 | 3 to 4 p.m.

As we celebrate Pride Month, learn the history of 2SLGBTQIA communities! Find out the ways our past has shaped our present and will continue to impact us moving into the future. Join ACDR’s Nathan Barnett and Brendan Tihane as we look back at everything from Stonewall to the Bathhouse Riots to the present day.

Register

 
Introduction to Non-Monogomy

Wednesday, June 29 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Have you heard about polyamory and wondered what the deal is? Do you find that being monogamous just isn’t a great fit for you? Join ACDR’s Brendan Tihane and learn about different types of non-monogamous relationships, the pros and cons of each, and why they may or may not be a good fit for your own life.

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Sex in the Media

Wednesday, July 13 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Wondering what 50 Shades of Grey got right? Ever wondered why we don't see disabled people in romantic or sexual leads in the media? Media is everywhere, and as the saying goes: sex sells! But what happens if you don't see yourself or how you see sex? Join ACDR's Nathan R. G. Barnett and Brendan Tihane for a deep dive on representation and sex to talk all about how popular protrayals discuss (or don't discuss) the many, many ways we can all experience sexuality.

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Introduction to Kink

Wednesday, July 27 | 3 to 4 p.m.

50 Shades put kink back into the public image, but as you may remember from the endless discourse it wasn’t exactly a perfect representation of kink in real life and left a lot of questions from “How do you choke someone safely?” to “How do you negotiate boundaries?” all the way to “What are the laws around this, even?” Join ACDR’s Brendan Tihane for a discussion on what kink is, how to practice it safely and consensually, and everything else to do with it.

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The following terms include a range of negative behaviours related to sexual violence.

Term

Definition

Criminal harassment

Criminal harassment is repeated behaviour that results in an individual feeling as though their personal safety is at risk. Criminal harassment includes, but is not limited to what is conventionally referred to as stalking and cyberbullying. Criminal harassment includes:

  • Following a person.
  • Threatening the person or their family.
  • Unsolicited communications, either verbal or digital.
  • Watching a person’s home, or other places where they may travel or work.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying involves using digital communication technologies to engage in harassing behaviour against others. Cyberbullying includes:

  • Creating websites to make fun of others.
  • Posting degrading or harassing content online.
  • Posting embarrassing photos of someone online.
  • Pretending to be someone by using their name.
  • Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages.
  • Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others.

Discrimination

Any form of differential treatment that results in disadvantage, including imposing extra burdens, denying benefits, and/or limiting access to opportunities, based on one or more characteristics that an individual cannot change about themselves, known as prohibited grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code, namely:

  • age
  • ancestry, colour, race
  • citizenship, ethnic origin
  • place of origin
  • creed
  • disability
  • family status
  • marital status (including single status)
  • gender identity, gender expression
  • receipt of public assistance (in housing only)
  • record of offences (in employment only)
  • sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)
  • sexual orientation

Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence

The terms “domestic violence’ and ‘intimate partner violence’ are synonymous terms that are used to describe the physical, sexual and emotional abuse as well as sexual coercion and stalking by a current or former intimate partner. These violent and coercive behaviours are utilized to gain, cultivate, and prolong power and control over someone they are intimate with. An intimate partner is someone with whom you have or have had a close personal or sexual relationship. This type of violence affects individuals of all different ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, races, religious backgrounds, income levels and quantity of education.

Indecent exposure

Indecent exposure is when an individual exposes their genitals to other people (typically strangers caught off guard) in order to gain sexual satisfaction. Indecent exposure is also known as flashing or exhibitionism and is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Intimate partner violence

Controlling, abusive and aggressive behaviour in an interpersonal romantic relationship. It can happen to anyone. Intimate partner violence can also be referred to as dating violence and domestic violence. All are considered forms of sexual violence.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault means a form of sexual violence that involves any kind of sexual contact with another person without their Consent or by force. It can include unwanted kissing, fondling, oral or anal sex, intercourse, or other forms of penetration, or any other unwanted act of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment means a form of sexual violence that involves a course of vexatious comment, conduct or communication based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression, or orientation, that is known or should have been known to be unwelcome.

Sexual violence

Sexual Violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s Consent, and includes Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.

Stalking

A form of criminal harassment involving repeated conduct that is carried out over a period of time and that causes an individual to reasonably fear for their safety or the safety of someone known to them. Stalking does not require physical injury; it is enough if the conduct makes a person fearful.

Stealthing

Stealthing or Non-Consensual Condom Removal (NCCR) is when someone agrees to have sex with a condom and then takes the condom off without their partner’s consent immediately before or during intercourse. From a physical perspective, this action may risk pregnancy and/or transmission of sexually transmitted infections. . Psychologically, stealthing disregards the agreement, breaks trust, and violates consent.

Voyeurism

The act of deriving sexual gratification from the covert observation of others as they undress or engage in sexual activities. This may include recording such activity and distributing it. When the behaviour of the individual watching another is unwelcome, repeated and makes the observed person feel unsafe, it may also constitute criminal harassment.