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Sexual Violence Awareness & Healthy Relationships

Introduction + Trigger Warning

TRIGGER WARNING: This guide features materials on sexual assault, sexual violence, relationships, and consent. These materials and subject matter may be upsetting or disturbing to some of our users.

Canada has a broad definition of sexual assault. It includes all unwanted sexual activity, such as unwanted sexual grabbing, kissing, and fondling as well as rape. Sexual activity is only legal when both parties consent.

The eBooks and resources contained in this guide are accessible through McMaster University Library, or are openly available on the internet. This guide is not comprehensive; it is intended as a place to start your research, or access resources on campus or in the surrounding community. We believe that information is powerful. We encourage all members of the McMaster community to educate themselves about the myriad ways rape culture permeates our world and perpetuates sexual assault.

To this end, we welcome, and are grateful for, any and all feedback and recommendations.

Land Acknowledgement

McMaster University stands on the traditional territory shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and the Anishinabek nations. We must acknowledge a debt to those who were here before us, and recognize our responsibility, as guests, to respect and honour the intimate relationship Indigenous peoples have to this land. 

This land acknowledgement serves to remind us of the urgent requirement that we, as settlers and descendants of colonizers, take strong and consistent action to learn and work towards decolonization; towards respecting and honouring Turtle Island and its inhabitants. This guide was created to gather and easily provide access to some McMaster University's resources, as well as other local and global openly accessibly resources, that can help to guide our actions towards reconciliation with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, and reparations with Black folks and Persons of Colour. 

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