While all communities experience sexual violence, LGBTQ2S+ communities are disproportionately subjected to sexual violence and face systemic barriers to accessing support. We will examine the intersections of sexual violence, heterosexism and cissexism, learn about foundational support skills, and explore strategies for responding to sexual violence in ways that affirm the identities and lived experiences of queer and trans survivors.
Meagan Simon has a B.A in psychology and a M.A. in sociology. As the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator at MacEwan University, she supports individuals impacted by sexual violence and works to strengthen campus-wide response to sexual violence. She has over 10 years experience working to address gender-based violence within post-secondary environments and as a front-line supporter and anti-violence educator. Meagan holds and adopts a trauma-informed and intersectional feminist framework.
Roxanne Runyon has an M.A. in Gender Studies and a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator at MacEwan University. She leads initiatives that foster individual, community and institutional capacity to prevent and respond to sexual violence. She has over ten years experience in sexual violence education and empowering individuals to become advocates for consent and healthy relationships within their own communities.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.