Sexual Assault Awareness Week January 22-26, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

WHAT: Survivors’ Writing Circle Facilitated by Tracey Lindberg
WHERE: Room 482 MacOdrum Library
WHEN: 2:00-4:00
*Registration required


Tracey Lindberg Bio:
Tracey is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is the author of the acclaimed novel Birdie: A Novel. She is an award-winning academic writer and teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at two universities in Canada. She sings the blues loudly, talks quietly and is next in a long line of argumentative Cree women.

Tracey Lindberg will be facilitating a writing workshop for survivors of sexual violence. The workshop will be a space where folks can use writing as a recovery tool. Note: Space in the workshop is limited. To register, please email with your name and student number.

Click here for more information on Birdie: A Novel and Tracey Lindberg:

Peer Support will be available on site at the event.

WHAT: Opening of the ‘What Were You Wearing’ Survivor Art Installation with Keynote Speaker Tracey Lindberg
WHERE: UC Galleria
WHEN: 6:00-8:00
The Installation will be on display from January 22-26 in the University Centre Galleria

This year, as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, 2018 Carleton University will feature a ‘What Were You Wearing?’ Survivor Art Installation. The installation will be featured in the University Centre Galleria throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

The installation addresses rape myths that clothing somehow causes sexual violence. The outfits, purchased by the Department of Equity Services to match each submission, will be displayed next to a small testimonial. No names, or other identifiers will be included. All submissions will be kept anonymous. Equity Services is located in 503 Robertson Hall; please feel free to call or visit us anytime if you need to talk – we are here to support you.

Peer Support will be available on site at the keynote event as well as various throughout the installation.

Click here to see the original exhibit from the University of Kansas:

This event will also feature a Community Care Coloring Poster. Using the markers provided, feel free to colour a section of the poster to support survivors! The poster is meant to use art as a means to create community and symbolize the importance of believing survivors of sexual violence.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

**EVENT CANCELLED – Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this ‘I Can MANifest Change Workshop’ workshop due to a low registration rate. We are hopeful that we can bring another I can MANifest Change Workshop to Carleton again soon, and if you are interested in being on a waitlist for the session, please email: Thanks for your understanding!**

WHAT: I Can MANifest Change Workshop for Male-Identified Allies

WHERE: Raven’s Studio
WHEN: 11:00-1:00
*Registration required

I can MANifest change is a public awareness campaign. Its goal is to positively engage men and boys in ending violence against women. The campaign arose out of a collaboration between Crime Prevention Ottawa, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Ottawa Police Service and Community Foundation of Ottawa.
The goal of the workshop is for men to see themselves as agents of change and empowered bystanders who can help put a stop to violence against women through their own actions.
It could be as simple as telling a friend not to tell sexist jokes, or rejecting media that condones gender-based violence. Matt Schaff, the coordinator of the I can MANifest Change Project will be leading the workshop.
To register, please email with your name and student number.
Click here for more information on I Can MANifest Change:

WHAT: Cards Against Misogyny Pub Night

WHERE: Oliver’s Pub (all ages welcome)
WHEN: 6:00-8:00

Cards Against Misogyny (CAM) is based on the very popular Cards Against Humanity game. It was created by members of Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women’s (OCTEVAW) Advocacy and Public Engagement Committee, and OCTEVAW is generously allowing us to host a CAM event at Carleton! All are welcome! Whether you are an advanced wordsmith or you have never played before. Feel free to come as an individual or as a team. Admission is free, however, we will be accepting donations to OCTEVAW. To get your free ticket to the event click event click here:

Peer Support will be available on site.
Click here for more information on OCTEVAW:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

WHAT: How to Support a Friend Workshop
WHERE: BECS (Bill Ellis Co-Working Space – UC 314)
WHEN: 2:00-4:00

Two staff members from Carleton’s Sexual Assault Support Services will be providing a workshop on how you can be supportive to a friend who has disclosed an experience of sexual violence to you. We will discuss what sexual harassment and sexual assault are, what some of the common responses to these experiences are, and tips on how to be a supportive friend.

Peer support will be available at the event.

WHAT: Survivors Speak Event
WHERE: Fenn Lounge
WHEN: 7:00-10:00

This will be the second Survivor Speaks event at Carleton. The event is meant to be both a healing and a performative space for survivors of sexual violence. Survivors can perform in whichever way they like, such as spoken word, storytelling, music, and general talks to the space. There will also be the option of an open mic, so if you arrive to the event and are feeling inspired to participate, you may do so.

If you would like to participate in the Survivor Speaks event please email with your name, preferred email and a brief description of your performance.

Peer support will be available on site.
l as a forum through which individuals on campus can gain awareness. We will have peer support available throughout the event and encourage performers and attendees to use Womyn’s Centre’s peer support prior to and following the event.

Friday, January 26, 2018

WHAT: Information Fair
WHEN: 11:00-1:00

The information fair is a space to learn about Carleton and community resources that you can access if you need them. Come and chat with the people representing the various resources to gain more information!

WHAT: Self-Care Night
WHEN: 6:00-8:00

As a way to wrap-up SAAW 2018, the GSA Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinators will be holding a self-care night in the GSA Lounge.

Special thanks to the individual student volunteers and the following departments/groups for their partnership for SAAW 2018:

  • Department of University Safety
  • Health Promotion (Health and Counselling)
  • Womyn’s Centre
  • GSA Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinators
  • Our Turn
  • Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women
  • CUSA
  • Housing and Res Life
  • Student Affairs