Living Tool-Kit for strategies addressing rape culture on campus

Living Tool-Kit for strategies addressing rape culture on campus

This living tool-kit includes strategies that we have piloted with our partners and pilot sites as well as strategies that have been developed by our close collaborators. We will continue to add to this page as these strategies evolve.



Facilitators Handbook for:  Addressing Campus Rape Culture Through Media Tools

Eric Craven (Digital Literacy Project, Atwater Library, Montreal),
Shanly Dixon (Digital Literacy Project, Atwater Library, Montreal)
JD Drummond (Sexual Assault Resource Center, Concordia University, Montreal),
Sandra Gabriele (Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal),
Carrie Rentschler (Art History And Communication Studies, Mcgill University, Montreal)

In Collaboration
With Maggie Kathwaroon (Women’s And Gender Studies Coordinator, Vanier College)

The workshop curriculum described here took place over 4 sessions for a total of 9 hours.
However, the model can be modified and/or facilitators can cut certain parts of the plan depending
on how much time you have and what your objectives are.

If you wish to collaborate with the Atwater Library on this strategy please contact Eric Craven (eric at


student artist: Claudia Benko

Evaluation Framework Casestudy with Resist Violence

The following document has been developed to outline a process for collaborative, sustainable evaluation practices. The Atwater Library’s Addressing Rape Culture on Campus Strategy Evaluation project is collaborating with Dawson College’s Resist Violence Project to create an evaluation process that can be replicated and used to evaluate a range of strategies that address rape culture on campus. This document uses the Resist Violence Project as a case study to demonstrate how participatory evaluation can be beneficial in educational and community contexts.

If you wish to collaborate with the Atwater Library and attend future meetings or have a topic idea you wish to request please contact Eric Craven (eric at


Atwater Forum Theatre Manual

This manual takes you through the steps that we follow when making a forum theatre piece as a strategy to address rape culture on college campuses.

Document written by Anne-Marie St-Louis
Project Developed by Atwater Library and
Computer Center

Forum Theatre Resources Appendix A
Forum Theatre Resources  Appendix B
Forum Theatre Resources Appendix C
Forum Theatre Resources Appendix D
Theatre of the Oppressed A Manual for Educators Appendix E
Evaluation Pre and Post Questionnaires Appendix F



Creating a Community of Practice through Intercollegiate Collaboration

Written by: saša Buccitelli

This guide explains how Atwater Library  has been endeavoring to conduct our meeting with our partners and network through adapting a restorative circle approach.

CEGEPS, and other post-secondary institutions, often function in isolation from one another when addressing significant on-campus issues, such as sexual violence, and rape culture, more generally. Although the composition and needs of institutions’ respective communities may differ in important ways, they nonetheless face similar struggles that can be more meaningfully and holistically addressed through collective, inter-institutional action.
In accordance with the Quebec government’s Bill 151, all post-secondary institutions in the province must develop and implement a stand-alone sexual violence policy by September 2019. The process of creating and implementing such a policy is complex and challenging in many ways. In order to support our pilot site institutions with this endeavour, the Atwater Library and Computer Centre organised a series of intercollegiate meetings where key administrators, faculty and students from 3 CEGEPs came together to exchange ideas on how to develop and implement a stand-alone sexual violence policy that will address the diverse needs of their respective academic communities.
This strategy summary highlights important considerations and actions that helped facilitate this process. These strategies and reflections can inform future inter-institutional efforts in addressing complex, shared issues, such as rape culture.

If you wish to collaborate with the Atwater Library and attend future meetings or have a topic idea you wish to request please contact Eric Craven (eric at



Resist Violence - A Pedagogy Rooted In Nonviolent Action (Dawson College Initiative)

Pat Romano & Kim Simard - project leads teach and collaborate at Dawson College in Montreal, Canada

 Eric Craven and Shanly Dixon - Evaluation Framework of the pedagogy

College students are at a critical juncture in their lives as they solidify their own values and ideas about the world. While student success improves when students deal with serious issues that are affecting them, many educators are reluctant to address violence for fear of leaving students overwhelmed or divided by controversial topics in the classroom. This pedagogy responds to these concerns by its solid grounding in insights from social psychology and nonviolence theory, and its inclusion into the classroom of nonviolent resistance and artistic activism, encouraging students to engage responsibly and meaningfully with the world around them. The goal of the Resist Violence project is to develop an effective pedagogy that seeks to engage students intellectually, emotionally and creatively on the problem of violence in their real and virtual lives. The project is both an interdisciplinary course-based violence prevention initiative and a web-based pedagogical resource that offers teachers innovative materials, along with the tools to creatively use photography, video and web-based media.

Rape culture is a sociological concept for a setting in which rape and other forms of sexual aggression is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality. We strongly believe rape culture is best addressed through a commitment to understanding how it exists on a continuum of violence and that many in a classroom may be unknowingly subjected to it. We encourage you to become familiar with the ways in which #metoo has changed the ways in which rape culture is being perceived.

This project would not be possible without the generous support of Dawson College’s Learning Communities, Entente Canada-Québec Funding and collaborations with the Atwater Library, Resist Violence alumni and many teachers and students. Thank you for all your continued support and advice.

If you wish to collaborate with the Pat and Kim please contact resistingviolence at

or to discuss Evaluative Frameworks contact Atwater Library's Eric Craven (eric at