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Definitions and concepts

Learning basic definitions and concepts regarding sexual violence is an important first step before developing a deeper understanding of the issue and raising awareness among diverse audiences.

In this category, the resources allow for the development of pertinent and attainable strategies within sexual violence prevention. More particularly, these resources can be used to educate others about sexual violence and its nuanced manifestations.

Understanding sexual violence

Each resource has been selected based on its ability to highlight the appropriate vocabulary when addressing the issues surrounding sexual violence. Thus, the Definitions and concepts section encompasses clear explanations, examples, terminologies and activities that can be used when working with others, or for the purposes of professional development. The information provided in these resources can also help survivors better recognize the situations of sexual violence they have experienced.

Whether in the format of text, video, or audio, the array of tools in this section help to distinguish the numerous forms of sexual violence, while using accessible language. Discover, for example, definitions of judicial terms, descriptions of core concepts, as well as explanations of the underlying social issues that perpetuate sexual violence.

Specific realities

Some resources in this section address general issues related to sexual violence. However, other resources highlight elements of specific lived realities. Far from being superfluous, it is essential to consider a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds when defining and explaining concepts related to sexual violence. A broader understanding of the issue allows for interventions that are better adapted to the realities of different people.

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Approach and expertise

The YWCA is known for its intersectional approach to the prevention of sexual violence. With our expertise in the field, we offer you a selection of relevant resources: current and varied content that helps to raise awareness and take action.

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