Racism and Sexual Violence
Participants will learn more about the connection between racism and sexual violence and how to provide support through an anti-racist perspective.
Welcome to "Racism and Sexual Violence" Course
Quick Tips about Navigating this Course
Prevalence of Sexual Violence
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Definition of Consent
What is Rape Culture?
Pyramid of Sexual Violence
What is Trauma?
Racism and Settler Colonialism
Sexual Violence in a Colonial Context
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People
Forms of Racism
What is Racial Trauma?
Impacts of Racial Trauma
Racial Trauma Reflections
Racism and Sexual Violence
Racialized Barriers to Support
Wheel of Privilege
What is Intersectionality?
Shared Foundations of Racism and Sexual Violence
Individual Support Skills
Cultural Humility and Support
What Can You Do?
Hope After Sexual Violence
This is the Public Education team member that will be moderating the course.
Anyone! People of colour (POC), people who haven’t experienced any form of racism, people who want to learn more about racism and sexual violence. The goal of this course is to develop participants’ understanding of the deep connection between racism and sexual violence for the purpose of empowering individuals and communities to enact meaningful change.
No! This course provides definitions and explanations of concepts that are covered in the course. As you gain a stronger understanding of the course concepts, you’ll then learn more on how you can apply these concepts to practice and supporting skills.
Yes, all the course content was made by staff members who are people of colour. However, the course will be facilitated by all public educators at SACE, regardless of race.
No. Since this course provides a broad overview of concepts related to racism and sexual violence, we cannot cover everything. We are open to receiving feedback and information about any of the course content and encourage you to fill out the online evaluation that can be found at the course.
Yes. This course uses historical and recent incidents of racism to explain how the concepts discussed in the course apply to real-world events. We have intentionally chosen the examples used in the course to increase knowledge and awareness, while still creating a safe learning environment. Despite our best efforts, we acknowledge that people with lived experiences of racism and sexual violence may be particularly impacted by this material. We encourage participants to practice self-care and community-care while taking this course.
Maybe. This course may contain challenging content for participants. We want to acknowledge that this course is as much about unlearning as it is about learning. Participating in this program will require people to challenge some of the "truths" they may have taken for granted. This kind of challenging requires a conscious effort to allow ourselves to explore potentially heavy or uncomfortable truths and reflect on our own identity/experiences, and to consider those of others. This self-reflection can bring up difficult emotions, including discomfort, guilt, anger, shame, defensiveness, or sadness. These feelings are normal and are a necessary part of growing. If you experience these emotions as you go through the course, ask yourself if they are necessary to express out loud, or if they are a point of personal reflection. It is also important to hold space for these emotions and reflect on where they are coming from. Holding space means allowing yourself to sit with the information, and the feelings that it brings up, without immediately rejecting them. Sitting with this discomfort is often where learning happens.
This course does not have a certificate of completion.
Learning about sexual violence can be challenging, and it’s normal for some of the content in this course to bring up a range of different, sometimes difficult, emotions for participants. Please practice self-care and engage with the provided materials to the degree that you feel comfortable. We have included a downloadable resource below with some breathing and movement techniques that you can use as necessary throughout the course to help you regulate your emotions.
If you are in need of support, you are also very welcome to: