Sexualized violence prevention & awareness

Learn more about campus education and awareness initiatives on sexualized violence.

Take the Let’s Get Consensual pledge to practice consent in relationships.

What is sexualized violence?

Sexualized violence is defined as any non-consensual, unwanted actual, attempted or threatened act or behaviour, that is carried out through sexual means or by targeting a person’s sex, sexual or gender identity, or gender expression. The act or behaviour may or may not involve physical contact.

Sexualized violence can affect and involve individuals of all genders and sexual identities and can occur in any relationship, including family relationships, romantic relationships, casual encounters or by a stranger.

Prevention & support

Everyone at UVic has the right to live, learn, work and play in an environment free from sexualized violence. We all share in the responsibility of creating that safe and inclusive environment. This means ensuring that respect and consent inform all our relationships on campus, including with friends, peers, colleagues, team members, and service providers. It is a foundational part of all interactions between students and teachers, mentees and mentors, employees and supervisors. We are also responsible for supporting those impacted by sexualized violence by understanding the support and policy options available on campus.

Learn more at the UVic Sexualized Violence Prevention and Support website:

Education and training programming

Offering students information and education about sexualized violence awareness and prevention is an important factor in changing attitudes and behaviours. By working together, we can help create campus environments that promote respect, equality, civility, healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. We aim to provide the tools and knowledge to bring about change and contribute to conversations and actions. 

Tools for Change: Preventing Sexualized Violence at UVic

The workshop is peer-led, highly interactive, and focused on learning skills. Students will come away with:

  • a deep understanding of what sexualized violence is and how to challenge the attitudes and beliefs that lead to sexualized violence
  • practical tips, and everyday language, to meaningfully ask for consent, to say no to an invitation or offer, and also how to hear no (which can be hard!)
  • a range of strategies for preventing sexualized violence
  • knowledge of the resources and supports available at UVic for students

For more information and to register for this workshop, visit Tools for Change or email us at .

Bystander Intervention Training

The university has developed a bystander intervention training program for students to help train them to overcome resistance to checking in and assisting when they observe the potential for sexualized violence. This training also includes information on consent and how to help support individuals harmed by sexualized violence. For more information and to register for this free workshop, visit the Bringing in the Bystander or email us at .

Let’s Get Consensual

Let's Get Consensual is a campaign organized by UVic, UVSS, and AVP that works to address the prevalence of rape culture and sexualized violence on campuses. Get involved and take the pledge.

The Let’s Get Consensual Campaign invites students and community members to take a pledge to practice consent in their relationships. People taking the pledge engage with trained volunteers who explain how consent works and answer any questions the students may have. Students who take the pledge can have their pictures and a short video taken holding one of the campaign’s slogans or their own slogan of what consent means to them that can be posted to social media.

For more information, please see the .

Consent Training

The Anti-Violence Project’s consent workshop is intended to provide participants with the education, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice consent in a supportive and sex positive space. Some of the topics include: consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it), gender-based violence, safer spaces, sex positivity, power, and privilege. Through activities, discussion, and media, the workshop offers a chance to talk about all the ways we can provide safe, fun, and sexy ways to build relationships with the people we care about.

These workshops are free of charge, open to students and community members, and have a no late-comer policy. For more information and registration, please visit the Anti-Violence Project Training page

Supporting a Survivor Training

The Anti-Violence Project’s support workshop is intended to provide participants with a foundation for how they can support survivors of sexualized violence. The workshop involves discussion around different approaches and tools that can be used when supporting someone, including topics such as: active listening, believing survivors, caring for yourself, and making referrals. Through optional roleplays, participants will have the opportunity to practice supporting others.

These workshops are free of charge, open to students and community members, and have a no late-comer policy. For more information and registration, please visit the Anti-Violence Project Training page