Through a social media campaign, students returning to campuses across Ottawa will have the opportunity learn how to recognize and respond to gender-based violence. The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is working alongside Algonquin College, Carleton University, Collège La Cité and the University of Ottawa to launch the social media campaign during the busy back to school period. The #JustGotWeird campaign teaches students to react to, intervene, and support those experiencing sexual and gender-based violence. It features scenarios that students might face on campus or in their community and gives them advice on how to respond.
The campaign aims to promote the promising technique of bystander intervention to address violence against women by giving witnesses information that will help them recognize incidents that lead to sexual assault—and advice on how to intervene safely. It also shifts responsibility to everyone to step in and support their peers, creating a culture of responsibility and helping to prevent violence.
#JustGotWeird is part of the OCTEVAW’s former Preventing Violence Against Women on Campuses Project, funded by Status of Women Canada. The project involves building partnerships and collaboration on campuses to respond to young women’s needs, expand their understanding of these issues, and carry out strategies to prevent, reduce and raise awareness of gender-based violence issues. It also includes gender-based analysis that identifies and responds to issues of violence affecting women on campuses in Ottawa.
Sexual Assault Support Centre
Carleton Training and Technology Centre – Room 3800
eb Message: https://rc.chat/cusasc
The Sexual Assault Support Centre is an intersectional space that provides sexual violence support services to all genders. Peer support volunteers are there to provide resources and supports you as you choose the best option for you.
University of Ottawa
Human Rights Office
Phone: 613-562-5800, ext. 5222
Supports On and Off Campus – Project Lighthouse
The Beacon: Health and Wellness Peer Support Space
Live Chat: https://www.resourceconnect.com/acpeerhub/chat
Text: 613 703 8883
Health Services(Room C141)
Phone: 613-727-4723 ext. 7222
Collège La Cité
Anglophone and Bilingual Resources
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa
Support Line (24 hours): 613 234 2266
TTY: (613) 725 1657
SASC supports all womyn: immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, diversely abled, womyn of color, trans womyn, survivors of war and torture.
Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
Crisis Line (24 hours): 613 562 2333
TTY: (613) 562-3860
Chat and Text Line (12pm-12am): chat on their website or text (613) 522 6424
The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) supports and empowers trans and cis women, trans men, two-spirit, gender-fluid, and non-binary survivors.
Ottawa Victim Services
Phone: 613 238 2762
Ottawa Victim Services (OVS) provides emotional support, practical assistance, referrals and advocacy to individuals who have been victimized as a result of a crime or tragic circumstance.
Provincial Line for Men Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Survivors have access to a 24-hour, multilingual, toll-free phone line for immediate crisis and referral services at 1-866-887-0015.
LGBT Youth Line
Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.
Thrive: Education, Empowerment, & Continuing Care. A trauma education program for 2SLGBTQ+ people focusing on building skills while offering support in a closed group environment led by a facilitator (or multiple facilitators) who can go through the exercises and have lived experience. A Kind Space program would specifically focus on experiences of gender and sexuality, and how they intersect with trauma.
Our program for French-speaking women who have experienced sexual abuse addresses all forms of sexual abuse: abuse during childhood; incest; unwanted sexual touching; rape; date rape; rape by a partner, an acquaintance, friend, or stranger; sexual harassment in the workplace; sexual violence in war; ritual abuse; cyberporn. The goal of the program is to help its participants by giving them a safe place to share and heal; to regain control of their lives; and to learn ways of managing and eventually reducing symptoms of distress.
Contact for program: 613-233-8478 or by TTY at 613-233-1866
CALACS Francophone d’Ottawa
Crisis Line: 613 789 8096
Offers a multitude of services to female survivors and is actively involved in prevention and awareness in the community.
Promising Strategies for preventing sexual violence on campuses in Ottawa (2013) - by OCTEVAW & ORCC