Next Up participant and Sexual Assault Support Centre Assistant Manager Josey Ross reflects on how we can confront sexual assault:
“One of the things we know is that people who perpetuate multiple assaults do this because there’s a culture that allows them to. By bringing these conversations out, we close some of the avenues that let people get away with this,” said Ross. “It offers support to people who are survivors and says ‘we are talking about this.’”
Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC hopes students will “join the conversation”
By Emma Partridge · Jan. 6, 2016
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC has a specific goal this year — bringing those who are typically absent from the difficult topic of sexual assault into the conversation.
According to Josey Ross, assistant manager of the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), SASC’s goal is to engage broadly with the community by outreach as well as diversifying what is under discussion.
UBC has been hosting and facilitating the month and its events for six years, said Access and Diversity advisor CJ Rowe. This year’s events include a talk by Julia Serano, a transgender-bisexual American author and activist, a gendered violence talk with Jamie Utt – an educator for sexual violence prevention – and a “Denim Day” in which denim is worn to show support for a more respectful campus.