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The University of Manitoba prioritizes the prevention of sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual harassment through collective education, awareness and building a culture of consent within our campus community.

Bringing in the Bystander

Want to become a leader in ending sexual violence on campus? Volunteer opportunity to become a: BRINGING IN THE BYSTANDER® Facilitator

Bringing in the Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility® was developed at the University of New Hampshire and first used in Canada by the University of Windsor. It is an effective, evidence-based, in-person, interactive curriculum that encourages student participants to see themselves as bystanders that might safely intervene to stop a sexual assault before it occurs.

The curriculum focuses on a community responsibility model in preventing sexual assault, its main message is that "everyone in the community has a role to play in ending sexual violence." Student participants learn:

  • The importance of speaking out against social norms that support sexual violence;
  • To become aware of and identify potential risks in various situations;
  • To develop empathy and support for survivors of sexual violence;
  • To explore how to safely interrupt or intervene in situations that could lead to sexual violence.

WHO: We are looking for students of all genders to facilitate the program to other University of Manitoba students.

WHEN: The training sessions are Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 4 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

You must be available to attend both these training sessions for your application to be considered.

WHAT IS REQUIRED:

  • Attend two training sessions to become a workshop facilitator
  • Facilitate approximately one 3-hour or 90-minute workshop per month each semester (no more than 3 sessions per term will be expected);
  • Attend one volunteer debrief (60 – 90 minutes) meeting per semester;
  • Commitment to the program until April 2019.

Application Form (DOCX)

The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 15, 2018


About the program:

Bringing in the Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility®, developed at the University of New Hampshire, and first used in Canada by the University of Windsor, is an interactive curriculum that encourages student participants to see themselves as bystanders that might safely intervene to stop a sexual assault before it occurs. The curriculum focuses on a community responsibility model in preventing sexual assault, its main message is that "Everyone in the community has a role to play in ending sexual violence." Student participants learn the importance of speaking out against social norms that support sexual violence, to become aware of and identify potential risks in various situations, to develop empathy and support survivors, and how to safely interrupt or intervene in situations that could lead to sexual violence.

The University of Manitoba chose this specific program as it has been thoroughly researched, and there is clear evidence that it is effective. The curriculum has been adapted to fit both the Canadian context and University of Manitoba community through consultation with the University of New Hampshire, the University of Windsor and a diverse group of stakeholders from the U of M campus.

If you are interested in participating in this 3-hour or 90 minute workshop, or offering this workshop to a student group or during a training event, orientation, or class, please contact:

Katie Kutryk RN, Health & Wellness Educator
Katie.Kutryk@umanitoba.ca
204-295-9032

or

Leah Deane, M.S.W., Student Support Coordinator
Services for Students at Bannatyne Campus, S211 Medical Services Building
Leah.Deane@umanitoba.ca
204-272-3198

Responding to a disclosure workshops

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the Responding to Sexual Assault Disclosures workshop. During this 2.5 hour training session, participants will learn key elements and guidelines to responding to a sexual assault disclosure, review the current sexual assault policy on campus, and have the opportunity to practice ways to respond to a sexual assault disclosure

To register, visit the Learning & Organizational Development Registration System.

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