We are the official recipients of a Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Grant. These funds will help with Sexual Assault Awareness Month‘s spring project rollout, while simultaneously enhancing our collaborative programs across the Strait Area. A full list of events being offered by the Coalition throughout SAAM may be found below. For additional event information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @FSENovaScotia.
We are in the process of collaboratively organizing a Sexual Violence Response and Prevention Conference on April 12 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The conference is open to community members, providers, and informal supports, and will include topics such as: trafficking and sexual exploitation, multisectoral referral and collaboration, responding to disclosures, workplace sexual harassment, culturally appropriate and relevant care, trauma-informed practice, and more. Visit our Eventbrite page here for additional information and to register.
After much thought and collaboration, we will be bringing Sexual Assault: The Roadshow to communities across the Strait Area. This is a pop-up art gallery featuring works that speak back to sexual violence. Four artistic directors, one from each Strait Area county, will endeavour to feature the work of local artists and content specifically for respective communities in their region. Special presentations featuring guest performers from various artistic modalities and expressions (e.g. dance, poetry evenings, music, etc.) will also take place. Importantly, this will be a welcoming space for all community members, providers, and informal supports to congregate, increasing awareness and initiative as a collective. Prevention begins with communities, and what better way to engage in a dialogue than to showcase communities’ own creativity to effect hope, strength, and change. If you are interested in volunteering at any point throughout the Roadshow, do not hesitate to contact us. More information to come in spring and summer 2019.
A “One Blue String” concert will be held on July 13 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. “One Blue String” is a campaign that began in the US, and involves replacing one of six guitar strings with a blue one, which is symbolic of the one in six males who are victims/survivors of sexual violence. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre or phone the box office at 902-625-2591.
Many other projects “to be announced,” so check back regularly, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@FSENovaScotia), and sign-up for the Strait Area Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Coalition’s Newsletter.