By Linda Scales
What is a healthy relationship? Is it all about roses and chocolate? Respect and equality? Or something more, something different? Your opinion is wanted. From February 8 to 12, the Action Team on Respect and Equality, which is working to make the uOttawa environment safer and provide services and resources to sexual violence survivors, is asking members of the University community to answer this question and become better informed about sexual violence. Just visit one of the 17 stations on all three campuses and you might also win a prize.
It’s all part of a five-day event called “A Future Free of Sexual Violence,” a project of the Action Team and 12 campus collaborators, including the Human Rights Office and the Office of the President. The Action Team, co-chaired by Gary Slater, associate vice-president (student affairs), and SFUO vice-presidents Nicole Maylor and Vanessa Dorimain, is responsible for implementing the 11 recommendations of the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality.
According to the Action Team, “this event is aimed at raising awareness among the University community. It's a small step towards breaking the taboo around this delicate subject. By asking ourselves what is the basis of healthy relationships, we hope to engage the University community in a dialogue that will raise awareness on sexual violence in society."
Answers to the question will provide information that will be used in the Action Team’s work, as well as to create a 9 by 12 foot promotional piece in the shape of a teal ribbon that will be hung in the main entrance of the Morisset Library. The teal ribbon is the international symbol for sexual violence awareness.