SHARE PREVENTION STRATEGY (2018-2019) 

With respect to sexual violence there are three levels of prevention employed at Mount Allison University based on when the prevention efforts occur: 

Level 1: Primary (system level, to change culture and prevent incidents, includes events) 

Level 2: Secondary (procedural, immediate response after incidents) 

Level 3: Tertiary (long-term, remedial)  

Level 1 – Primary Prevention 

Primary prevention refers to approaches that take place before sexual violence has occurred to prevent initial perpetration.    

Primary prevention is characterized as environmental and system-level strategies, policies, and actions that work to prevent sexual violence from initially occurring. Such prevention efforts work to modify and/or entirely eliminate the events, conditions, situations, or exposure to influences that result in the initiation of sexual violence. Mount Allison recognizes that sexual violence does not occur on solely an individual level; attitudes, myths, and stereotypes about gender, race, and other identities are proliferated at a societal level and often create unsafe environments where sexual violence is more likely to occur and where offenders are less likely to face consequences. Therefore, a community-based approach to preventing sexual violence is considered to be most effective in creating a safer campus for everybody. 

 

Examples of primary prevention include:  

  • stand-alone Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy and procedures administered by SHARE;
  • employee training (Student Affairs, Sexual Assault Response Team members, pub staff, Event Services, unions, departments, etc.); 
  • residence staff (RAs, Ads, Dons) and leaders (Academic Mentors, Exec) training; 
  • education sessions, info videos and activities during new student orientation; 
  • ongoing campaigns and educational opportunities (i.e. presentations, documentary screenings) during the academic year; 
  • ongoing passive education initiatives; 
  • ongoing active education initiatives; 
  • active bystander education and participation opportunities (ex. Take “A” Stand, Walk Home); 
  • Collaborate with campus partners (ex. Indigenous Affairs, Security, ESS, WGST, others);
  • collaborate with various student groups and societies on campus; 
  • Peer Education Walk Home service and active bystander volunteer program 
  • communication points for all members of the Mount Allison community to share concerns about issues and safety through:

 1) Pan-University Advisory Committee on Women’s and Gender Issues;

 2) Health and Safety Committees; and,

 3) Student Affairs Security Issues Committee (safe@mta.ca)

 4) SHARE email (share@mta.ca), landline (506-364-2613) or 24/7 cell phone (506-540-7427)

  

SHARE 2018-19  Planned Events and Partnerships  

August-September:   

Awareness and Orientation Activities (students, staff, new faculty) 

Consent video, Venus Envy session on sex positive education and consent for all students , Orientation 1.0 Positive Space; and Orientation 2.0 Consent

Take “A” Stand active bystander training for all residence and orientation staff and volunteers: SHARE Basics; Positive Space; Alcohol Harms Reduction; Response to Disclosures

Employee Training (SHARE Basics, Response to Disclosure, Positive Space) 

Sexual Assault Investigator refresher sessions, training for any new investigators

Positive Space and Welcoming Activities (seminars, events, swag) 

Pride March – with MASU, Catalyst

Posters and campaigns related to consent, rape culture, role of the active bystander 

Difficult Conversations series begins with sexual violence outreach worker

Continue Walk Home (safe walk and active bystander awareness) program 

Active and passive presentations tailored for sports teams (varsity, intramural, men, women)

Collaboration with new SouthEast Sexual Assault Centre and Crossroads for Women to bring more and better crisis response and support services to the Mount Allison University community

Policy Review consultations begin
  

October:

Take A Stand training program continues

Survivor Support Group begins (6 week cycle)

Take Back the Night March (WGST)

Difficult Conversations with Indigenous Affairs Coordinator, Patty Musgrave

Departmental training: SHARE Basics, Response to disclosure, Positive Space

Mi'kmaq History Month collaborative events with Indigenous Affairs Coordinator and Indigenous Support Group

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Events:

-       Missing women paper dolls and/or felt patch activity

-       Film screening: The Highway of Tears

-       Healing Circle

-       Sisters in Spirit

-       REDress project: Decolonizing Gender www.theredressproject.org

Employee Policy & Response to Disclosures training continue

  

November:

Relationship Violence Awareness Month

Take A Stand training program continues

Difficult Conversations with guest from Moncton Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships

Survivor Support Group continues

Love Shouldn’t Hurt campaign 

Break Free (emotional abuse checklists in bathrooms) 

Speaker on intimate partner violence

Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20th)  -- Catalyst, Chaplain’s Office 

14 Days of Action and Awareness Against Violence Against Women (lead up to Dec. 6) with PACWGI, The Rose Campaign, others

Employee Policy & Response to Disclosures training continue

 

December:

End of 14 Days of Action and Awareness – 5 activities - (goes to Dec 6) 

December 6 Candlelight Vigil and Memorial – collaborative

  

 January: 

Sexual Harassment, Cyber-Harassment and Cyber Misogyny

Difficult conversations with computing services and RCMP

Vicarious Trauma and Burnout: Self Care for Helpers and Caregivers

 Take a Stand Training Program continues

Employee Policy & Response to Disclosures training continue

Take A Stand training program continues

Survivor Support Group (6 week cycle)

  

February:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (use campaign from province) #changehappenshere

 “Valentines to Myself” 

-       Examinations of shame, slut shaming, body shaming

Difficult Conversations with AIDS Moncton

 Employee Policy & Response to Disclosures training continue

Take A Stand training program continues

Survivor Support Group (6 week cycle)

   

March:

Sexual Assault Response Training for 2019/20 Residence Staff, ESS, Security

International Women's Week Events

Sexual Harassment and Equity At Work

Feminist Leadership Conference

 Employee Policy & Response to Disclosures training continue

Take A Stand training program continues

 

What Happened in the 2017-2018 academic year (some examples):  

  • Continuing education about the  New stand alone Sexual Violence Policy
  • SHARE and Venus Envy presentation on Consent and sex positivity to all new students and student staff
  • Consent campaign
  • Healthy relationships (and boundary-setting) workshops in residences 
  • ReDress Campaign, Healing Circles
  • Survivor Support Group
  • Women’s Issues Project in residences and student centre (information boards, collection of issues)
  • Break the Silence (campaign against emotional abuse in relationships) 
  • December 6 Vigil and Memorial
  • Walk Home Service with dedicated cell phone
  • Training for Student Life Staff, Residence Staff and Executive, Event Services Staff (sexual violence response, trauma awareness, role of the active bystander)
  • Break Free (from Emotional Abuse) Campaign (healthy relationship checklists in washrooms)
  • Consultations on all-gender washrooms, administrative procedures
  • Poster Campaigns: policy, getting help, helping, harassment, consent flow charts, cyber misogyny, etc. 
  • Positive Space Campaign: department presentations, posters, stickers 
  • Volunteer Opportunities for active involvement through SHARE Peer Education program, Walk Home
  • Collaboration for International Women’s Week Events with the President’s Advisory Council on Women’s and Gender Issues 
  • Coordination of Mount Allison professional staff and community services response after sexual assault

Level 2 – Secondary Prevention 

  

Secondary Prevention refers to immediate responses after sexual violence has occurred to address the early identification of victims and the short-term consequences of sexual violence.  

  

SHARE uses a trauma-informed response to supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence. A trauma-informed approach involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of the trauma caused by sexual violence. It recognizes the wide variety of ways that individuals may react to and behave after experiencing sexual violence. A trauma-informed approach also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for everyone involved, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.? We need to be careful not to re-traumatize anyone during our procedures. Understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a secure, compassionate and supportive community. 

  

Examples of secondary prevention include: 

  • advertisement of and referral to primary response services such as police and local hospital; 
  • University service phone line (call or text SHARE at (506) 540-7427) 
  • easy-to-remember email share@mta.ca
  • full range of services under Student Affairs including the SHARE Advisor, Nurse Educator, emergency contraception availability, liaison with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in Moncton, counseling, support from sexual violence outreach workers from Moncton and Amherst NS; 
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) involving nurse, counsellors, security, residence life manager (for residence students) and others as required to meet SHARE client needs (Academic Support, Meighen Centre, Chaplain, etc.) 
  • community resources including collaboration with RCMP, hospitals, local outreach worker from Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships, Beausejour Crisis Centre, PFLAG, AIDS Moncton, Salvus Clinic, Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre, South East Sexual Assaut Centre, etc.;
  • ongoing work to ensure a coordinated response among Mount Allison and community-based services 

Level 3 – Tertiary Prevention  

 

Tertiary prevention refers to long-term responses after sexual violence has occurred to address the lasting consequences of violence, including treatment and interventions. Maintaining a trauma-informed approach, SHARE understands that not everybody heals at the same rate or in the same way after sexual violence and seeks to support and empower individuals depending on their needs. 

 

Examples of tertiary prevention include: 

  • counselling on campus; 
  • referral to off-campus counselling; 
  • support groups run by SHARE and/or Mount Allison counselling services and/or community-based services such as CAAR and Autumn House Sexual Violence Outreach Workers; 
  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response procedures and outcomes that include solutions such as no-contact orders, bans, academic accommodations, education of the perpetrator, etc.; 
  • Develop a schedule of misconduct and types of outcomes;
  • Volunteer opportunities such as residence house representatives, peer educators and more for those who wish to help with prevention on behalf of other students and/or for students whose recovery includes having the opportunity to advocate on behalf of victims of sexual violence