Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to "Sexual Violence and the 2SLGBTQ+ Community" Course

    2. Quick Tips about Navigating this Course

    3. Content and Language

    4. Laying the Groundwork

    5. Two-Spirit Identities

    1. Learning Objectives

    2. Prevalence of Sexual Violence

    3. Queer Statistics

    4. What is Sexual Assault?

    5. Core Facts

    6. Definition of Consent

    7. Coercion

    8. Coercion in Queer Contexts

    9. Pyramid of Sexual Violence

    10. Victim Blaming

    11. What is Intersectionality?

    12. Looking Forward

    1. Learning Objectives

    2. Introducing Queer History

    3. Queer Erasure

    4. Sexual Violence in the Legal and Medical Fields

    5. Stonewall

    6. Canadian Bathhouse Raids

    7. Gwen Araujo Case

    8. HIV/AIDS Epidemic

    9. HIV Non-Disclosure

    10. Conversion Therapy

    11. Forced Intersex Surgeries

    12. Queerness in the DSM

    13. Queer Experience in Alberta, Canada: A Timeline

    14. Looking Forward

    1. Learning Objectives

    2. What is Trauma?

    3. 2SLGBTQ+ Community and Trauma

    4. Collective Trauma

    5. Just-World Hypothesis

    6. Lack of Representation in Models of Relationships and Abuse

    7. How Does Lack of Representation Impact Sexual Trauma?

    8. Distrust of Law Enforcement and Medical Professionals

    9. Trauma and Law Enforcement

    10. Trauma and Healthcare

    11. Other Unique Impacts on Trauma

    12. Looking Forward

    1. Learning Objectives

    2. Barriers to Support

    3. Holding Space

    4. Individual Support Skills

    5. Support Reminders

    6. Community Support

    7. Safe(r) Spaces

    8. Harm Reduction Approaches

    9. Honouring Queer Identity

    10. Further Reading

    11. Community Resources

    12. Further Learning

    13. Course Evaluation

    14. Acknowledgements

About this course

  • $25.00
  • 57 lessons

Course Educator

This is the Public Education team member that will be moderating the course.

Layton Byam

Layton is a Youth Public Educator and WiseGuyz facilitator with the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE). He graduated with distinction from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in psychology. Layton has been working and volunteering in crisis support response since 2018. Additionally, he is part of multiple research teams that sexual offending behaviour and mental health. He is trained in anti-oppressive, harm-reduction, and trauma-informed care practices. At SACE, Layton utilizes their education and experience to provide sexual violence, consent, and sexual health education to the community as well as facilitate WiseGuyz, a program which aims to create a safer space to critically examine and deconstruct conventional masculine norms.


  • Who is this course for?

    Anyone! Members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and people who are not! This course is for people who want to learn more about sexual violence and how it impacts members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

  • Do I have to have knowledge on 2SLGBTQ+ issues or sexual violence to take this course?

    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.

  • Was the course made by members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community?

    All the course content was made by staff members who are members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. However, the course will be facilitated by all public educators at SACE, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.

  • What language will you use in this course?

    Throughout the course, we have intentionally chosen to use the term “queer” alongside the term “2SLGBTQ+”. We have chosen to use the term “queer” as an inclusive term to refer to those who do not fit within the cisgender heterosexual norm. The term “queer” has been one that many individuals within the 2SLGBTQ+ community have reclaimed as an empowering term that solidifies and validates their identity. We would like to recognize that in how we approach the materials within this course. However, we also understand and acknowledge that the term “queer” has historically been used as a homophobic slur and that the reclamation of the term is not accepted by everyone.

  • Will this course discuss recent and historical incidents of homophobia/transphobia/queerphobia?

    Yes. This course uses historical and recent incidents of harm to the 2SLGBTQ+ community 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. The content in this course can be very activating and triggering to individuals/communities who have lived experience of sexual violence and homophobia/transphobia. We encourage participants to practice self-care and community-care while taking this course.

  • Will this course cover all different kinds sexual violence in the 2SLGBTQ+ community?

    This course is intended to provide participants with a general understanding of sexual violence within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This course cannot fully explore all the nuances of this topic and is not meant to describe everyone’s experience of sexual violence within the 2SLGBTQ+ community nor experiences of sexual violence in any community.

  • Will I receive a certificate for completing this course?

    This course does not have a certificate of completion.

A Note on Self Care

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: 

  • Click here for a downloadable resource with breathing and movement techniques
  • Call the SACE Support and Information Line at 780.423.4121
  • Call or text Alberta's One Line for Sexual Violence at 1.800.403.8000
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