Aug
20
2:30pm 2:30pm

Call for Participants in Recreation Boxing for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Ran by Shape Your Life Toronto

SYL is a recreational boxing program for female identified survivors of violence. This project is a partnership between the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, Opportunity for Advancement and Brock University. SYL classes began in the fall of 2007 and so far approximately 1200 female identified survivors have taken part. To learn more about Shape Your Life, please go to https://shapeyourlifeboxing.com/

There will be a new session beginning August 20th. It is a 14 week program and takes place on Saturday afternoons. The programs starts at 2:30 and ends at 4:30

This is a free program. At each class, snacks and TTC will be provided.

The SYL boxing classes are designed for beginners, so you don’t need to be super fit or have any experience with sports in order to participate.

Who should I call if I have any other questions?

Contact the program coordinator, at 416-787-1481 or 416-553-9321.
Tania "HammerHead" Jivraj, Program Coordinator
Savoy "Kapoy" Howe, Head Coach and Gym Director

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Aug
5
5:00pm 5:00pm

What are Canadian Universities Actually Doing About Sexual Assault?

Date: August 5th, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Thomas Lounge
63 Gould Street: Oakham House- Ryerson University

**Donations will be accepted to assist with costs associated with the human rights complaint meeting**

Sexual assault at universities and colleges across Canada has become a pressing issue for provincial governments and university administrators. Universities are spending thousands of dollars on ‘prevention’ (read: security) and consent education programs (read: putting up posters and one-time workshops of dubious quality), but what is actually happening on campuses across the country? Provincial governments across Canada are legislating that universities institute sexual assault policies, but what happens when the policy is incapable of helping those that they are supposed to assist? 

This panel will hear directly from students who have reported gendered violence at campuses across Canada (University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill, Mount St. Vincent University and York University). Three of the panellists have since filed human rights complaints against their respective universities, arguing that the failure to respond to disclosures of sexual assault in a manner that is trauma-informed and efficient is a form of systemic gender discrimination. 

The panellists will discuss what is happening on their campuses; their activism around the issue; the lack of support they have received from university administration, faculty, women's organizations and student groups; and the changes they want to see in how universities respond to disclosures of sexual assault nationwide.

Faciliatated by: Arezoo Najibzadeh

Panellists: 

Ellie Ade Kur is a PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto. Ellie is a founding member of Silence is Violence U of T. 
http://thestrand.ca/campus-safety-uofts-handling-of-sexual-assault-reveals-the-cracks-in-our-academic-system/

Glynnis Kirchmeier is an alumna of the University of British Columbia. She has filed a Human Rights Complaint on behalf of any person who has ever alleged sexual harassment, discrimination or assault to UBC - the first third party complaint of this nature filed in Canada.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/ubc-alumna-files-complaint-with-human-rights-tribunal/article29490069/

Tarrah McPherson will discuss the university response to her dislcosure of sexual assault and the case infront of the Human Rights Commission Nova Scotia. 

Mandi Gray is a PhD student in Sociology at York University. Mandi is a founding member of Silence is Violence York U. Mandi is also a complainant in a case currently before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal arguing that York University systemically discriminates against women following the disclosure of a sexual assault. 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/york-universitys-sexual-assault-policy-sparks-human-rights-complaint/article25194134/

Paniz Khosroshayis a third year women's studies student at McGill University. She decided to go public with her experience filing a sexual assault case at McGill after the university administration failed to provide any support or accommodation when she found herself in the same class as her assailant.
http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2016/04/mcgill-feeds-a-cycle-of-sexual-violence/

Moderator: Arezoo Najibzadeh

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Jul
21
10:00am10:00am

Pack the court for Mandi Gray

July 21, 2016 - Old City Hall - 10am - After 6 months of trial, the judge will deliver his decision in the R v. Ururyar case. 

Mandi Gray, the complainant, is PhD student at York University. Mandi has been a vocal activist in pushing for changes at York University in how they respond to sexual violence following an assault by a fellow student and colleague. 

 

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May
3
10:00am10:00am

Pack the Court for Mandi Gray

Come out to support Mandi as the trial (R v Ururyar) resumes. Mr. Ururyar will be taking the stand.

Mandi Gray is PhD student at York University. Mandi has been a vocal activist in pushing for changes at York University in how they respond to sexual violence following an assault by a fellow student and colleague. 

She is currently bringing forward an Ontario Human Rights Complaint against the university for how they handled her complaint and recently appeared in the CBC Fifth Estate’s School of Secrets, which can be viewed online: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2015-2016/school-of-secrets

Her writing has been featued in Now Toronto: https://nowtoronto.com/news/the-defence-called-it-collusion-i-call-it-friendship/

PLEASE WEAR PINK TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd
Location: Old City Hall (courtroom to be determined)
Time: 10:00 am
Hosted by: Silence is Violence- U of T and the Ryerson Feminist Collective

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Mar
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

The List — Sexual Assault on Campus: A Conversation Across Universities

Sexual Assault on Campus: A Conversation Across Universities

  • MODERATOR: Alissa Trotz, Caribbean Studies, WGS, UofT
  • Hayley Moody: Sexual Violence Counselor and Advocate (Wilfrid Laurier University), Sexual Assault Centre of Brant
  • Judith Taylor (Judith Taylor teaches in sociology and WGS at UofT and writes about politics and activism).
  • Caitlin Janzen (PhD Student, York, Department of Sociology - Founding member of Silence is Violence), 
  • Mandi Gray (PhD Student, York, Department of Sociology - Founding member of Silence is Violence) 
  • Ellie Adekur (PhD student, UofT, Human Geography - Founder, Silence is Violence at UofT. Co-Founder, Black Liberation Collective, UofT). 
  • Kattawe Henry (undergraduate, Brock University, founder of Young, Black, and Educated, (YBE) a student group which promotes solidarity amongst self identifying black womxn (queer/trans inclusive).
  • Meghan Ross (Sexual Violence Coordinator, Office of Human Rights and Equity Services, McMaster University) 

See the Facebook event page for more details.

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Mar
24
10:00am10:00am

Re-Education Day: Exploring The Role of Educators in Sexual Assault

**DUE TO THE CLOSING OF YORK UNIVERSITY ON MARCH 24TH FOR WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR A LATER DATE**

Silence is Violence is hosting a second Re-Education Day. Re-Education Day seeks to provide educators with the tools and guidance to better support students/colleagues who disclose sexual assault, provide pedagogical exercises for exploring rape culture in the classroom and on campus and to create dialogue between TA's, faculty and service providers. 

Lunch will be provided to attendees. 

We ask those attending, to please be available for the duration of the day. Registration is limited to 25 people and pre-registration is required. Please e-mail sivyork@gmail.com to register. Details about the campus location and the schedule will be provided to those who register. 

Preliminary schedule:

  • Panel of survivors - discussing language, critical consent education and the role of staff, faculty and educators post-assault. 
  • What is happening at York University? An exploration of policy development and resources available on campus.
  • Radical campus tours - how can we utilize our course material to examine what is happening on campus. 
  • Exploring our experiences - how can we address rape culture on campus? 

If you have any questions, concerns or accessibility requirements, please e-mail sivyork@gmail.com.

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