Ontario-Based Resources

This is your go-to place for Ontario-based resources on the continuum of gender-based violence. Specifically, the resources relate to professional training/curriculums and prevention campaigns.

If you know of a resource that belongs on this site, please contact vawln@uwo.ca.

Sexual Harassment and Public Space (2015)

Author(s): Learning Network

This Brief explores how patterns of sexual harassment often reflect the cultural norms connected with the spaces or environments (school, work, public spaces) in which it occurs.  The analysis provides examples of how sexual harassment can work to define or re-assert gender, race, age or class hierarchies within spaces in harmful ways.

Sexual Harassment and Related Behaviours Reported Among Youth from Grade 9 to Grade 11 (2008)

Author(s): David Wolfe and Debbie Chiodo

This paper describes a study on the nature and role of abuse and sexual harassment in Grade 9 and Grade 11. Over 1800 students from 23 high schools in Ontario completed a questionnaire about their experiences of abuse and sexual harassment, both as a victim and as a perpetrator. Results indicated that girls are more often victimized than boys, and boys are more often the perpetrator of sexual harassment. The frequency of abuse and harassment reduced over time; however students who reported more harassment by peers in grade 9 were more likely to be a victim of harassment in grade 11, especially in romantic relationships.

Sexual harassment in public places: Experiences of Canadian women (1999)

Author(s): Rhonda Lenton, Michael D. Smith, John Fox, and Norman Morra

This 1999 Canadian study examined sexual harassment in public places such as streets, transit systems, and malls as described in a 1992 survey of 1990 Canadian women.  The types, frequency, and severity of harassment were examined, as well as the characteristics of women most likely to be harassed, the theoretical implications of public harassment, women’s responses to harassment, and the emotional and psychological effects.  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

Sexual Violence and Social Media – Building a Framework for Prevention (2013)

Author(s): Jordan Fairbairn, Rena Bivens, Myrna Dawson

The report explores the relationship between sexual violence and social media among youth (ages 12 to 24) in Ontario.  Over 180 Ontario-based community organizations, educators, violence prevention advocates, and frontline workers were surveyed, with nine follow-up interviews with Ottawa stakeholders, regarding awareness of social media as a tool to perpetrate sexual violence; prevention strategies and initiatives; and key directions.  The research findings were integrated into 12 recommendations for approaching prevention of sexual violence related to social media.

Sexual violence in the lives of first-year university women in Canada: no improvements in the 21st century (2014)

Author(s): Charlene Senn, Misha Eliasziw, Paula C Barata, Wilfreda E Thurston, Ian R Newby-Clark, H Lorraine Radtke, Karen L Hobden and SARE Study Team

This paper summarizes the frequency, type, and context of sexual assault in a large sample of first-year university women at three Canadian universities. Findings from the first large Canadian study of university women since the 1990s indicate that a large proportion of women arrive on campuses with histories of sexual victimization, and they are generally unprepared for the perpetrators they may face during their academic years. The paper concludes with the urgent need for effective rape prevention programs on university campuses.

Sexual Violence Prevention: Are we increasing safety or reinforcing rape culture? (2014)

Author(s): Learning Network

As the title suggests, this Brief questions whether some of our sexual violence prevention increases safety or reinforces rape culture. The first section describes “rape culture”, its harmful consequences, and its differential impact on various groups of women. The second section discusses how well-intended messages telling women what they can do to prevent being sexually assaulted inadvertently reinforces rape culture.  The final section raises the question of how to promote safety for girls and women while working towards transforming our culture to ensure women have the right to sexual integrity, equality and justice.

Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age (2014)

Author(s): Media Smarts

This is the fifth report from the survey of Young Canadians in a Wired World (MediaSmarts, 2014).  Over 5,000 students in grades 4 through 11 from all provinces and territories across the country completed the survey.  The report summaries survey responses with text and graphs. Limited contextual analysis is provided.  Topic areas include using the internet as a resource on sexuality and relationships, managing relationships online, pornography, and sexting.  Included is the finding that forwarding sexts is highly gendered (p. 25).

Shaping a Culture of Respect in our Schools – Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships (2008)

Author(s): Safe Schools Action Team

In 2008, the Safe Schools Action Team submitted the report, “Shaping a Culture of Respect in our Schools – Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships” which focuses on providing recommendations to prevent and address gender-based violence, homophobia, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behaviour in schools and remove barriers to reporting this violence.  Key findings and recommendations are provided under the following topics: curriculum; effective partnerships with community agencies and organizations; prevention, awareness raising, and intervention; response and supports; reporting; local police/school board protocols; student leadership; parent/family engagement; training; and evaluation and accountability.

Sibling Abuse as a Family Issue

Author(s): Learning Network

This learning brief explores family factors associated with sibling abuse, including the role of children as caregivers, favoritism, poor parental modeling and external stressors, and collusion.

Spousal Support Basics and Partner Abuse (2014)

Presenter(s):  Family Law Education for Women and METRAC

This webinar discusses basic issues around spousal support and the factors affecting the amount of payments and for how long.  The 1.25 hour webinar also discusses how domestic violence, during or after the relationship, can affect spousal support payments and provides some ideas to ensure fairness and safety.