Sexual assault prevention campaign launched by UPEI Student Union

Students attending UPEI are being asked to take part in a program that will help them recognize and prevent sexual assault, and how not to be a bystander.

Students have been asking for action, says student union

A series of posters on campus show pictures of UPEI students with messages about sexual assault. (UPEI Student Union)

Students attending UPEI are being asked to take part in a program that will help them recognize and prevent sexual assault, and how not to be a bystander. 

Student union president Dana Kenny said students have been asking the union to be more proactive on the issue.

"It's an unfortunate reality, not only on university campuses, but just in society in general," said Kenny.

"It's something that we shouldn't ignore. We can't pretend it doesn't exist."

The campaign includes posters and free workshops. Two of the workshops include 'Bringing in the bystander' and 'How not to be that guy'. One workshop is geared specifically towards men. 

Messages on the posters include:

  • Clothing does not give consent.
  • Great change comes with tough discussions.
  • Just because they said yes doesn't mean they can't change their mind.

The posters also promote the hashtag #OurUPEICommunity.

The student union teamed up with Women's Network PEI and UPEI Student Affairs to create the campaign.

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