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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.

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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.

November is Women’s Abuse Awareness Month. This preludes Durham College’s annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign held in collaboration with Ontario Tech University.

The international campaign kicks off on Friday, November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until Saturday, December 10, Human Rights Day. We invite members of both campus communities to participate in programming to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge, innovations, and strategies to eliminate gender-based violence in all its forms.

We promote educational awareness of the impact of gender-based violence on communities, particularly marginalized communities and in the coming weeks, we will be hosting a series of in-person and virtual educational sessions to engage the community, and focus on practical solutions we can take in addressing this issue to promote inclusion and belonging on campus.

There will be opportunities to join the conversation on our social media platforms. Follow us on Instagram  @yesmeansyesatdc and @otstudentlife for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence content. Learn more about 16 Days.

Content warning: We recognize that our audiences are people with lives, histories, and struggles that we are not privy to. As such our events will mention different forms of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, and murder. Please prioritize your health and well-being and take the space that you need for each event. Find resources and support for Durham College and for Ontario Tech.

Program Schedule:

Community Session: Restorative Justice
Tuesday, November 8
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Virtual (Accessibility information for Zoom)

Please note: This session is in partnership with the Region of Durham, Durham Community Action Group, Violence Prevention Coordinating Council of Durham. 

In recognition of Trans Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 20 and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Friday, November 25, we are hosting this impactful restorative justice workshop with Marlee Liss.  Marlee Liss is an award-winning speaker, author and restorative justice advocate, who made history in the justice system when her sexual assault case became the first in North America to conclude with restorative justice through the courts. Learn more about Marlee

Gender-based Violence at the Intersections
Friday, November 25
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Virtual (Accessibility information for Zoom)

Intersectionality is a useful framework through which to examine how forms of privilege and disadvantage as our identities shape our experiences of trauma and may impact our access to resources. This panel discussion explores the impact of gender-based violence on intersectional identities and the need for an intersectional lens on gender-based violence policies, interventions, and supports within post-secondary institutions to foster culturally relevant spaces of healing for survivors.This session is open to all.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Tuesday, December 6
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Please join us in person in the ACE Atrium to come together and remember the 14 women who were murdered in an act of gender-based violence at École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. 

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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. 


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.

#WeGetConsent awareness week

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

Consent is as easy as FRIES:

Freely Given

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.


  • 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

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.

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. 

These workshops will be held virtually bi-weekly on Wednesdays between 3 and 4 p.m.

HIV and Safer Sex

Wednesday, September 21 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Looking to hook up but want to make sure you’re doing it safely? Heard about HIV but not sure what the deal is? Join ACDR’s Nathan Rhodes-Truppe for a workshop focusing on HIV and safer sex with plenty of info on what HIV is, how you can navigate risk, and what options you have to reduce risk of transmission.

Kink 101

Wednesday, October 5 | 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 everything else to do with it.

Sex in the Media

Wednesday, October 19 | 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 Rhodes-Truppe for a deep dive on representation and sex to talk all about how popular portrayals discuss (or don't discuss) the many, many ways we can all experience sexuality.

Intro to Non-Monogamy

Wednesday, November 2 | 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.

Affirming Language for Trans Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, November 16 | 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 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.

Kink 102

Wednesday, November 30 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Attended Kink 101? Still have questions about next steps and safe play? Join ACDR’s Brendan Tihane for a deeper dive into the world of kink and fetish as we talk about how to navigate the world of kink safely and have all the fun you want with consent and negotiation of boundaries. It is not required to attend Kink 101 first, but it is recommended as this workshop will build on those concepts and assume a baseline of knowledge going in.

Register on the Student Life Portal


Man|Made is a Program facilitated by Durham Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC). This program is open to anyone who identifies as male who wants to engage in the discussion of consent, male allyship, and to promote awareness about violence against women.

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



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 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.


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.


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 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.


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.