Addressing Rape Culture on College Campuses

From 2017 through 2020 we are conducting an important three-year project funded by Status of Women Canada addressing the issue of rape culture. Building on the experience of our previous Cyberviolence Prevention project, we are working with colleges/CEGEPs to develop policy solutions, pedagogical strategies and knowledge mobilization approaches that respond to this problem.

Three community leaders — Dr. Shanly Dixon, Dr. Eileen Kerwin-Jones, and Brenda Lamb — are promoting the project at a national level through a pan-Canadian network of 150 women leaders working on a variety of related projects.

"Working towards something positive rather than just stating something negative."


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Hi everyone,

First of all, we hope all is fine with you, given these difficult circumstances. We're with you in spirit and wish to extend our best wishes and encouragement to our community in these trying times.

Here's the latest on what has been going on with us, the Atwater Library Forum Theatre group!

Since April 2019, we have been fine-tuning our Man Down project and have performed it for a second time at Vanier College and John-Abbott College for International Men's Day in November 2019. The responses have been very positive and the conversations inspiring.

 

Man Down Performance, John Abbott College November 2019

International Men's Day at John Abbott College, November 19th 2019

Anne-Marie St-Louis, forum theatre facilitator

Problems and solutions brainstormed by the audience, Nov. 19th 2019

 

Although we've had two performances canceled for this spring due to the COVID-19 Pandemic (at Marionapolis College in Montreal and Champlain College in St-Lambert) we are brainstorming new ways of providing online forum theatre workshops to students and teachers. We really believe forum theatre is a unique platform for students to discuss hard topics in a fun and fictional setting.

Man Down poster, November 2019

 

In other news, we are exploring a new forum script surrounding neurodivergence and the intersection of rape culture and disability. Stay tuned for more news on that!

From 2014 to 2021, the Atwater Library and Computer Centre is conducting an important project funded by Status of Women Canada aimed at preventing and eliminating cyberviolence against girls and young women.

Cyberviolence (e.g. cyberbullying, internet luring and cyberstalking) and sexual violence are complex problems that requires nuanced and multi-pronged approaches. There is a pressing need to involve girls and young women in discussion with the wider community to define the problem, break down the institutional barriers that support it, and devise strategies to combat and eliminate it. That’s what we will do through this project.

This is a blanket warning that some of the resources contained in this website contain descriptions of abuse, bullying, depression, harassment, misogyny, racism, stalking, sexual assault, self-harm, suicide and more. These include instances in the online/cyberworld as well as in the offline world.

Please be aware of the sensitive nature of these posts and practice self-protection and self-care when reading.

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We are conducting an important three-year project funded by Status of Women Canada addressing the issue of rape culture. Our project focuses on partnerships with colleges/CEGEPs to develop policy solutions, pedagogical strategies and knowledge mobilization approaches that respond to this problem. We believe that college campuses are an important point of engagement in addressing rape culture as it is the bridge between high school, university, and adult life.

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Content Warning: These articles include descriptions of sexual assault.

This brilliant NPR investigation shines a light on people with disabilities and how sexual assault affects them. Most importantly, it debunks myths about how sexual assaults affects people with disabilities and raises awareness within the general public.

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PB&J tackles bullying and questions teenage stereotypes

If you are looking for a fun theatre show to spark discussion with your kids about identity, stereotypes and bullying this summer, this St-Ambroise FRINGE Festival production is the one for you!

Presented at the MainLine theatre this June, PB&J is a Québécois youth theatre adaptation of the cult classic, the Breakfast Club, in which Atwater Library's project facilitator, Anne-Marie St-Louis is dismantling the stock teenage characters of the original movie to show the societal underpinnings and inner realities of these teenage identities.

The show is 50 minutes, bilingual, and open to all families. The artists are eager to encounter a diverse audience at their show.

Tickets are on sale now at https://montrealfringe.ca/

@ MAINLINE THEATRE 3997 ST-LAURENT
06 JEU*THU @ 18:00
08 SAM*SAT @ 14:45
10 LUN*MON @ 19:30
12 MER*WED @ 23:00
14 VEN*FRI @ 16:30
15 SAM*SAT @ 21:15

About the show
In this one-act play,  the four worst bullies of the school are stuck in detention together because a mortifying video was leaked, and one of them was the culprit. Can they, in the course of 1 day together in detention, confront their prejudices and not only become friends, but heroes? In the retelling of the movie the Breakfast Club, this play showcases fresh, funky, and funny new voices from emerging theatre creators that are committed to elevating art for youth.

About the artist
Anne-Marie St-Louis is a community-based director, teacher and playwright working across Montreal with youth. She is interested in contemporary sociopolitical issues, fair representation, and engaging youth in her work.