May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month across Alberta.

YWCA Banff, in partnership with the Harmony Project, invite you to join us on our social media channels throughout the month to discuss topics around sexual harassment and assault.

Weekly Facebook Live sessions starting next Friday, May 8th will address topics such as responding to disclosures of sexual violence and healing from trauma.

Follow @ywcabanff on Facebook and/or Instagram to stay connected.

Visit harmonyproject.ca for more information about this collaborative community group aimed at ending sexual violence in the Bow Valley.


Week Four: How We Heal from Trauma

There has been extensive research on the impacts to the mental and physical health of survivors who have experienced sexual violence, and the ripple effects that these experiences can have on their lives. There is also a plethora of evidence related to the healing process and success stories of said survivors. 

Typically, trauma has been associated with PTSD, which for some time was thought to be limited to those experiencing war-related events, but we are now aware that trauma affects so many people in many different ways. With that has come an increase in research about how to best support survivors, and the healing process itself.

Coffee Chat Series Week 4: How We Heal

Join us for the fourth and final week of our Coffee Chat series during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.Heather and Brynne with YWCA Banff and the Bow Valley Harmony Project will be on to discuss this week's topic: How We Heal From Trauma⁠We've been sharing resources related to Friday's chat throughout the week – check them out on our website at ywcabanff.ca/SVAM.

Posted by YWCA Banff Programs and Services on Friday, May 29, 2020


Week Three: How We Help – Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence

Studies have shown that there is a link between the response that a survivor receives after disclosing that they have been sexually harassed and/or assaulted and their healing journey.

Everyone has the right to receive effective supports in the aftermath of sexual violence, and have choice in this journey. We’re here this week talking about how you can best support survivors.

 

Coffee Chat Series Week 3: How We Help Survivors of Sexual Assault

We're in the third week of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, and this week we're talking about how we can best help survivors of sexual violence, and answering your questions on the subject.

Posted by YWCA Banff Programs and Services on Friday, May 22, 2020


Week Two: Myths & Truths About Sexual Assault and Harassment

Everyone has the right to say no to unwanted sexual touching. Unfortunately, society’s understanding of sexual violence can be influenced by false beliefs, resulting in the misconception that the victim/survivor is to blame.

Myths about sexual violence and abuse prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault. Getting the facts and dismantling those myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Coffee Chats Series | Week 2: Truths & Myths About Sexual Assault

On today's Coffee Chat, we're talking about truths and myths about sexual assault, as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Content warning: this video contains discussions about sexual violence that may be triggering for some. If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by sexual assault or harassment, help is available. Contact us for support at 403-760-3200 or support@ywcabanff.ca.

Posted by YWCA Banff Programs and Services on Friday, May 15, 2020

 


Week One: Why We Need to Talk About Consent

As important as consent is, we don’t talk about it enough.  Let’s change that! We’ve gathered up some interesting and informative resources on the topic of consent, and we invite you to check them out and give some thought to what consent means to you.

In case you missed it! Heather and Brynne from YWCA Banff and the Harmony Project joined us on Zoom on Friday, May 8 to discuss key issues such as why it’s so important to talk about consent, how we use consent every day, and how to create a culture of consent. 

SVAM 2020 Week 1: What Is Consent?

Well folks, we were hoping to join you LIVE on Facebook this morning but technical difficulties had other plans for us, so we decided to record the session instead! Check out our first Coffee Chat with Heather and Brynne from YWCA Banff and the Harmony Project, joining us for a discussion about this week’s theme: What Is Consent?We want to hear from you! Even though we didn’t have the opportunity to take questions during the talk, we want to know what you think about consent, or if you have questions about consent! Join us next week on Friday, May 15 at 11am MDT – hopefully LIVE! – for our second discussion topic during Sexual Violence Awareness Month: Truths and Myths about Sexual Violence.

Posted by YWCA Banff Programs and Services on Friday, May 8, 2020

 


May 1: Day One of Sexual Violence Awareness Month

May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month across Alberta. YWCA Banff, in partnership with the Harmony Project, invite you to join us on our social media channels throughout the month to discuss topics around sexual harassment and assault. Weekly Facebook Live sessions starting next Friday, May 8th will address topics such as responding to disclosures of sexual violence and healing from trauma. #SVAM #IBelieveYou #MeToo

Posted by YWCA Banff Programs and Services on Friday, May 1, 2020