WAVAW and the VCC Community C.A.R.E. About Gendered Violence!
With funding from Status of Women Canada and WAVAW’s generous donors, we developed an action plan to prevent gender-based violence on campus and enhance support for survivors–and we’ve already taken steps to make the plan a reality! Components include policy changes, service enhancements, training resources for employees and students, and much more. The process has been informed by the needs, priorities, and vision of the VCC community in all its diversity. Through surveys, multilingual focus groups, Aboriginal Talking Circles, interviews with campus service providers, workshop dialogues, and other creative means, we have worked to capture the perspectives of people who study and work at VCC. Click here to learn more about our campus consultation process!
Much of the work of the project has been carried out by a Campus Taskforce made up of VCC students, faculty, and staff. Under WAVAW’s leadership, the Taskforce provided guidance about strategies for creating lasting change at VCC and championed the project throughout the College.
A major emphasis for C.A.R.E. has been ensuring that our work against gender-based violence makes a lasting impact on campus. We are thrilled that VCC is forming a brand new Committee on Gender-Based Violence to continue advancing C.A.R.E.’s goals. WAVAW is committed to providing ongoing consultation and support to VCC well into the future. We know that our partnership with the College has already created powerful, system-level changes to enhance safety for women and people of all genders, and we’re excited to witness the continued growth of the anti-violence movement taking place at VCC!
Why Do We C.A.R.E.?
Research has demonstrated that gender-based violence is widespread on Canadian campuses:
- 4 out of 5 female undergraduates reported experiencing violence in a dating relationship (Statistics Canada, 2006)
- 7% of female students reported being threatened or physically forced into sexual activity (Canadian Federation of Students, 1999)
- 13% of female students reported experiencing an attempt at unwanted sex while intoxicated (Canadian Federation of Students, 1999)
- 1 out of 5 male students agreed that forced sex is acceptable “if he spent money on her,” “if he is stoned or drunk,” or “if they have been dating for a long time” (Johnson, 1996)
By teaming up with WAVAW, VCC has taken a clear stand against violence and is working to ensure that the disturbing statistics above don’t reflect the experiences of VCC students.
Thank you to Madison Reid, WAVAW volunteer and graphic designer, for designing the C.A.R.E. About Gendered Violence logo.