Camosun College is committed to creating and maintaining a healthy learning and working environment in which sexual violence and misconduct is not tolerated. In order to provide the key information, knowledge, skills and confidence required to support those who have experienced sexual violence or misconduct, and prevent this from occurring to others, we are developing educational offerings for employees and students.
Consent education workshops students & staff
As part of Camosun’s commitment to support and education for the prevention of sexual violence, the college is once again offering four free consent education workshops to Camosun students and employees.
Based on the Let’s Get Consensual project, the workshops are intended to provide participants with the education, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice consent in a supportive and sex-positive space.
Workshops are open to all Camosun students and staff members and will be led by a member of Camosun's Student Policy Advisory with support from UVic’s AntiViolence Project.
- 2018/19 Dates TBD
Disclosure training workshops for staff
As part of Camosun’s development of a Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy, the college is offering two Disclosure Training workshops to Camosun staff and faculty members.
College employees may be one of the first people students reach out to when dealing with issues around sexual violence. This workshop will provide employees with the basic information required to support students when they make a disclosure (what to say and what not to say), how to provide referral information to the student, and the importance of self-care for those receiving the information.
This one-hour workshop invites Camosun employees to learn about best practices in the field of sexualized violence. These workshops are being held in partnership with the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.
- 2018/19 Dates TBD
Consent comes first
In Canada, the law clearly states that there has to be an affirmative "yes" - or voluntary agreement - between parties, to engage in sexual activity. Consent cannot be assumed - it must be clearly communicated. This requires that a consenting individual is able to freely choose between two options: "yes" and "no". Specifically, this means that:
- Consent is active and continuous, not passive or silent.
- It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in physical contact or sexual activity to make sure that they have consent from the other person(s) involved.
- Consent is not the absence of "no" or silence.
- Consent is required regardless of the parties' relationship status or sexual history together.
- Consent cannot be given by an individual if they are asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unable to communicate.
- Consent cannot be given by an individual if they are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
- Consent is not possible if an individual uses their position of power or authority to manipulate, threaten, or coerce someone into saying "yes".
- An individual can withdraw consent at any time during the course of a sexual encounter.
Additional resources on consent
- The Law of Consent in Sexual Assault
- Video: Tea Consent
- Video: When Someone Definitely Wants to Have Sex
- Video: When Someone Isn't Quite Sure If They Want to Have Sex
- Video: When Someone Doesn't Want to Have Sex
- TED Talk by Jackson Katz: Violence against women – it's a men's issue
- Cultures of Consent library