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Back-to-School ‘Chats’

The Back-to-School season is upon us and for the Centre, it’s a time to recognize that women between 15 and 24 years of age are at highest risk of sexual violence, including sexual harassment and assault. In addition, indigenous women, women of colour and people who identify as LGBTQ+ are also at high risk of both sexual and intimate partner violence. During this year’s back-to-school and college/university orientation activities, we encourage parents to have real and honest conversations about consent, healthy relationships and alcohol-facilitated sexual assault with their youth.

This September 9, the Centre will be launching their Weekend Webchat on Fridays to Sundays, 7 pm to 11 pm, to help support survivors of sexual assault and build the conversation to end sexual violence (learn more at According to the Canadian Federation of Students, the first eight weeks of classes are a ‘high risk’ time for sexual assaults. Perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment see this as a time to encourage high amounts of alcohol consumption, in fact 25% of sexual assaults seen through the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Response Program at local hospitals are alcohol and/or drug-facilitated.

Unfortunately, only 1-2% of all ‘date rape’ sexual assaults are reported to police, at yet 50% of sexual assaults occur on dates. In Peterborough County, whether on a date, in the home or in community, 96% of survivors of sexual violence are hurt by someone known to the victim. We recommend parents discuss the dangers of acquaintance assaults over the classic ‘stranger danger’ conversation. Parents are important allies in helping us build a healing and more inclusive community; let’s talk!

Check out the Centre Youtube Channel at ‘KawarthaSAC’ to view our playlist of videos about The Talk, Being a Male Ally, and more. If a person you know has experienced sexual violence, they can call the KSAC Crisis Line at 705-741-0260 or go to Peterborough Regional Health Centre emergency department where the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Response Program will offer immediate support. The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre serves the region of the City and County of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton; check out our website or contact our office at 705-748-5901 for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ksacstaff. It is time for #ParentsTalkConsent to #endsexualviolence!

Check out this great article in Journey Magazine!

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