iWill: Speak Out Against Sexual Assault is a social media campaign that empowers youth to play a positive role in the prevention of assault. 1 in 2 girls will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. In most cases, they will seek help from a friend.
So we went to a couple of local high schools and asked a group of teenage girls and boys what they knew about sexual assault. This quiz is based based on their real life experiences of sex, violence and relationships.
Take the quiz and speak out about sexual assault.
At the end of it all, here is what they had to say...
"I thought this workshop was necessary because the workers brought awareness to the students at our school about social issues, such as sexual violence that isn't usually talked about in education today. It's important because violence happens daily in our world and there are not many places where we can take a stand and help make a change. I enjoyed the fact that they did their research through focus groups with students - it made me feel like I had a voice and we all had the chance to share our stories. It also opened up the eyes of students who have never addressed the issue before. The presenters were really nice - they were there to really help benefit us and record our ideas."
----Coral N., female student, Guildford Learning Centre
“Kids these days don't always know much about relationships and are often too embarrassed to ask anyone about them. I feel when kids start dating in grade 7 or 8 they should have a focus group like this one so they can start discussing what they do and don't know so they don't end up finding out the hard way, like many kids do nowadays.”
-- Quinn B., male student, Guildford Learning Centre
"I thought it was great to include the male voice in your presentation and not just the women's because men don't really get to talk about it. I think it can be very helpful to men and women of all ages to talk about sexual violence. I found that the methods used in the presentation were real good icebreakers for the guys, and it encouraged them to talk about their problems and feelings against sexual violence. I think the web site will be a good start to helping men and women all around."
---- Kyle L., male student, Guildford Learning Centre
"As a counsellor at a learning centre, I have had many discussions with students over the years about healthy sexual relationships. I know that our students are an untapped source of much information - they have strong opinions about many of today's societal concerns. During the focus groups I was impressed by how willing the students were to share their stories and how willing they were to take part in seeking out solutions. I was particularly delighted to see that males were included in the focus groups - far too often their voices are not included when addressing issues such as relationship violence. I found this experience very relevant to the lives of the students and it has led to a number of follow-up sessions with the participants who, because of the discussions during the focus groups, are examining the nature and quality of their current relationships - in short, it got them thinking."
----Julie Chic, Counsellor, Guildford Learning Centre
"I love it when I encounter projects that empower youth. I saw students have their voices heard and be a part of something that can make a positive impact in the lives of others. As a veteran youth worker/counsellor I am not unaccustomed to the topic of unhealthy relationships. I too have seen the issue addressed in many various ways which all tend to have youth self-examine their own behavior in relation to researched resources on unhealthy relationships. This project was different in it addressed in a group context other safety issues more in depth that are not generally discussed - the topic of uncomfortable sexual encounters, experiences and interventions. The focus group by the Surrey Women’s Center was perfect in my mind as it gave an avenue to discuss this in a very safe environment. The youth all had an opportunity to educate the educators on what is occurring within their generation. The educators taught and were taught about risky behaviours that are happening and how to connect with other youth to help keep them safe. The interactive experience also had another positive impact in that it encouraged a participant later to take positive anti-victim stance."
----Sheila Houston, Program Coordinator, Guildford Park Secondary School